flat-footed

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flat-footed

(flăt′fo͝ot′ĭd)
adj.
1. Of or afflicted with flatfoot.
2.
a. Steady on the feet.
b. Informal Without reservation; forthright: a flat-footed refusal.
3. Unable to react quickly; unprepared: The new product caught their competitors flat-footed.

flat′-foot′ed·ly adv.
flat′-foot′ed·ness n.
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A few good jokes can't disguise the predictability of the plot and flat-footedness of the writing.
Once Ryan Giggs had exploited flat-footedness in the heart of Everton's defence by drawing the hosts level when he romped in to stab home Paul Scholes' long ball, United took total control.
I have been critical of the Crown Prosecution Service in the past, especially its flat-footedness in dealing with phone hacking.