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catch somebody flat-footed

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcatch somebody flat-footedcatch somebody flat-footedAmerican EnglishCATCH to surprise someone so that they cannot do something in the way they ought to syn catch somebody off guard The president’s announcement seemed to catch Democrats flat-footed. flat-footed
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catch somebody flat-footedThe recent recession caught managers flat-footed and unprepared.
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