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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Then he endured a second operation to lengthen his heel cords so he can finally stand flat-footed.
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Phil Mitchell -- who had earlier gone close when Belper keeper Steve Cherry palmed behind his long range shot -- scored the goal, his shot catching Cherry flat-footed after it took a deflection.
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Now, with the discovery of a well-preserved fossil in northeast Mexico, paleontologists have caught pterosaurs flat-footed. The foot bones of this 180-million-year-old specimen from early in the Jurassic period contradict the idea that pterosaurs ran on their toes, says James M.