flat-footed

(redirected from flat-footedness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
degree of flat-footedness was not correlated to athletic performance).
Flat-footedness in children is a physical finding, "not a diagnosis," he said.
"We didn't keep building the infrastructure of the party," notes Coelho, who many in the party still hold responsible for the Democrats flat-footedness leading up to the 1994 elections.
It was the Chris Riggott's flat-footedness that gifted Radzinski space to craft his cross from the left and Campbell collected the ball to knock it back for Watson, whose shot bobbled beyond Schwarzer into the far corner for his third goal in four games and sixth of the season.
The musical is based on a little-known play by Langston Hughes, but whether Hughes or book writer Dan Owens is to blame for the recurring flat-footedness is hard to say--and a moot point.
A few good jokes can't disguise the predictability of the plot and flat-footedness of the writing.