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flat-footed

adjective
     
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flat-footed
1MI having flat feet
2 informal moving in an awkward way [= clumsy]:
The defence looked flat-footed as Sutton scored easily.
3

catch somebody flat-footed

American English to surprise someone so that they cannot do something in the way they ought to [= catch somebody off guard]:
The President's announcement seemed to catch Democrats flat-footed.

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