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back foot

on the back foot, at a disadvantage; outmanoeuvred or outclassed by an opponent
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  • He pulled at his back foot like a man striving to loose himself from thick mud.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • The great thing at first is to prevent the weight getting back on the back foot.

    How To Ski and How Not To Vivian Caulfeild
  • A man never ascends or descends, nor walks at all in any direction, without raising the heel of the back foot.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci

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