flatfooted

[ flat-foot-id ]
/ ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd /

adjective

having flatfeet.
taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit: a flatfooted denial.
clumsy or plodding; maladroit: flatfooted writing.

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Idioms for flatfooted

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM flatfooted

flat·foot·ed·ly, adverbflat·foot·ed·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for flatfooted

  • 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
  • "Winn, I won't do it," said Brayton, with flatfooted decision.

    A Trooper Galahad|Charles King
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flatfooted

flat-footed
/ (ˌflætˈfʊtɪd) /

adjective

having flatfoot
British informal
  1. clumsy or awkward
  2. downright and uncompromising
informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)

Derived forms of flat-footed

flat-footedly, adverbflat-footedness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with flatfooted

flat-footed

see caught flat-footed.

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