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(Chiefly British:) A period before a decision (such as a new regulation) takes effect, during which opposed opinions are heard.

A consultation usually takes place after an unpopular resolution has been made by the authorities. Usually a consultation offers the illusion that people's opinions matter and that said decision can change, where in fact they are merely designed to let steam out.

Consultations also 'cover the decision maker's arse': when the decision turns out to be a mistake, the absence of public records of the consultations allows the decision maker to claim to share the responsibility.
The announcement of budget cuts was followed by a brief consultation, during which everyone chickened out and nobody spoke up.
by Harry Tuttle September 19, 2010
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Lying flat refers to a defeatist lifestyle in Chin, where people stop working, desiring material acquisition, and tap out of any social life ā€“ sometimes for good. By lying flat, young people are participating in a kind of non-cooperation movement, rather than surrendering themselves to China's oppressive work culture where they see little hope of social mobility.
Iā€™m not going to try to get a better job so I can afford to start a family, Iā€™m just lying flat.
by Freeo11 June 04, 2021
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a meeting with an expert or professional, such as a medical doctor, in order to seek advice.
a consultation with a homeopathic doctor
by Yranoitcid_Nabru231343 January 10, 2021
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