on the back foot at a disadvantage; outmanoeuvred or outclassed by an opponent
Poetic Foot Vs. Poetic MeterPoetry has a lot of moving parts. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re starting to explore poetic analysis. Poetic foot and meter are a great place to start.
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ISIS was still on the back-foot in Jarabulus, near the Turkish border, where fierce fighting was reported yesterday.Experts: Al Qaeda Infighting In Syria Leaves 700 Dead|Jamie Dettmer|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST