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flatfooted

[flat-foo t-id] /ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd/
adjective
1.
having flatfeet.
2.
taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit:
a flatfooted denial.
3.
clumsy or plodding; maladroit:
flatfooted writing.
Idioms
4.
catch one flatfooted, to catch one unprepared; surprise:
The amount of the bill caught us flatfooted.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; flatfoot + -ed3
Related forms
flatfootedly, adverb
flatfootedness, noun
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flatfooted

adjective

Unprepared; surprised •Usu in the phrase catch someone flatfooted: He just stood there flatfooted and watched it roll in (1912+ Baseball)

adverb

Straightforwardly; without ceremony: If they were going to turn it down, they would have just flatfooted done it (1828+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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