- 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
Examples from the Web for flat-footed
There, so taken, caught in the act, flat-footed, we are obliged to make our stand.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
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
June 19, 2012
In a little while, with flat-footed stamping, Ben Helders came in.Christmas
This causes a kind of optical illusion which is favorable to the flat-footed.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
Or by bold combinations: down-and-out, up-state, flat-footed.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
He was flat-footed, and on that account had never served in the German army.The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies
Plan' ti grade, walking on the soles of the feet; flat-footed.A Guide for the Study of Animals
- having flatfoot
- British informal
- clumsy or awkward
- downright and uncompromising
- informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
Word Origin and History for flat-footed
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."
Idioms and Phrases with flat-footed
see caught flat-footed.