Flat-footed meaning

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The definition of flat-footed is someone or an animal with flat feet or is being unable to react quickly.

An example of flat-footed is someone with fallen arches.

An example of flat-footed is not being able to react quickly to a negative newspaper article which was a surprise to a political candidate.

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Of or afflicted with flatfoot.
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Unable to react quickly; unprepared.

The new product caught their competitors flat-footed.

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Having flatfoot.
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Designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot.
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(informal) Downright and firm; plain and uncompromising.
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(informal) Firmly, directly, or abruptly.
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Of or afflicted with flatfoot.
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Unable to react quickly; unprepared.

The new product caught their competitors flat-footed.

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Having flat feet.
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Unprepared to respond; unready.
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Having feet which are flat.

Bears are flat-footed animals.

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(of humans) Having the specific physical condition of flat feet.
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(idiomatic) Unprepared to act.

They caught us flat-footed.

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Holding firmly and maintaining a decision; to standing on one's ground.

1892 Frank Millet: "I write in this way to urge you to be explicit and flat-footed in your wishes." Quoted in: 2003 Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, ISBN 0609608444, page 177.

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catch someone flat-footed
  • to catch someone who is unprepared; take by surprise
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

catch someone flat-footed