Meaning: especially flat or thin. Origin and uses.
Rewrite 1: flat as a lid
Rewrite 2: flat as a snowflake
Rewrite 3: flat as a stamp
Rewrite 4: thin as the space between two dimes
Comment: There are a lot of flat, thin things, making this metaphor rife with opportunities for comparison. Have some fun with it.
More reading about clichés
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• “All Eyes Are On…” Broadcast Writing Cliches – Using a tired cliché can give viewers eye strain.