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[flat-foo t-id] /ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd/
having flatfeet.
taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit:
a flatfooted denial.
clumsy or plodding; maladroit:
flatfooted writing.
catch one flatfooted, to catch one unprepared; surprise:
The amount of the bill caught us flatfooted.
Origin of flatfooted
First recorded in 1595-1605; flatfoot + -ed3
Related forms
flatfootedly, adverb
flatfootedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Winn, I won't do it," said Brayton, with flatfooted decision.

    A Trooper Galahad Charles King
  • So my dignity was shocked when I had to come down from my self-promoted position to a flatfooted infantryman again.

    The Southern Soldier Boy

    James Carson Elliott
  • She looked up, puzzled, first at the comely, flatfooted Indian woman and afterward at the handsome little brown-faced papoose.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • At each encore the Utes stamped their flatfooted way round the room in a kind of impromptu and mirthful dance.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
Slang definitions & phrases for flatfooted



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


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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