- flathead catfish,
- flatheaded apple tree borer,
- flatheaded borer,
Origin of flatfooted
Examples from the Web for flat-footed
There, so taken, caught in the act, flat-footed, we are obliged to make our stand.
Obama's offensive caught the Romney camp completely by surprise and left them flat-footed and slack jawed.Mark McKinnon on Obama’s Late, But Correct, Immigration Announcement|Mark McKinnon|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The stoutest heart may fail, without blame, before the flat-footed pedestrianism of these platitudinous volumes.The Glory of English Prose|Stephen Coleridge
This causes a kind of optical illusion which is favorable to the flat-footed.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
At a later date they enjoyed a succession of titles, such as "barefoot boys," "the flat-footed boys," and "the big-pawed boys."The Life Of Abraham Lincoln|Ward H. Lamon
Since then I believe nothing more has been seen of these flat-footed people.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines|H. Wilfrid Walker
I don't mind telling you, son, that I'm flat-footed on the other side this time, and I had hoped you were going to be.The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush|Francis Lynde
- clumsy or awkward
- downright and uncompromising
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."
see caught flat-footed.