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flatfooted

[flat-foo t-id]
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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.
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Idioms
  1. catch one flatfooted, to catch one unprepared; surprise: The amount of the bill caught us flatfooted.
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Origin of flatfooted

First recorded in 1595–1605; flatfoot + -ed3
Related formsflat·foot·ed·ly, adverbflat·foot·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flat-footed

flat-footed

adjective
  1. having flatfoot
  2. British informal
    1. clumsy or awkward
    2. downright and uncompromising
  3. informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
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Derived Formsflat-footedly, adverbflat-footedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flat-footed

adj.

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with flat-footed

flat-footed

see caught flat-footed.

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