flat-footed

flatfooted

[flat-foot-id]
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; flatfoot + -ed3

flatfootedly, adverb
flatfootedness, noun
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flat-footed (ˌflætˈfʊtɪd)
 
adj
1.  having flatfoot
2.  informal (Brit)
 a.  clumsy or awkward
 b.  downright and uncompromising
3.  informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
 
flat-'footedly
 
adv
 
flat-'footedness
 
n

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flat-footed

see caught flat-footed.

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