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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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British Dictionary definitions for flat-footed

flat-footed

/ˌflætˈfʊtɪd/
adjective
1.
having flatfoot
2.
(Brit, informal)
  1. clumsy or awkward
  2. downright and uncompromising
3.
(informal) off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
Derived Forms
flat-footedly, adverb
flat-footedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flat-footed
adj.

c.1600, "with flat feet;" meaning "unprepared" is from 1912, U.S. baseball slang, on notion of "not on one's toes;" earlier in U.S. colloquial use it meant "straightforwardly, downright" (1828), from notion of "standing firmly."

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Slang definitions & phrases for flat-footed

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+)


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Idioms and Phrases with flat-footed

flat-footed

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