To catch one flatfooted
Flat-footed Flat"-foot`ed, a. 1. Having a flat foot, with little or no arch of the instep; suffering from fallen arches. [WordNet sense 3] [1913 Webster]

2. Firm-footed; determined. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

3. clumsy; amateurish; pedestrian; unimaginative; plodding; as, flatfooted prose. [PJC]

4. Without reservation; without evasion or compromise; firm; as, a flat-footed refusal; a flatfooted denial. [WordNet sense 4]

Syn: downright, forthright, foursquare, head-on, straightforward. [PJC]

5. With feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe. [WordNet sense 1] [WordNet 1.5]

6. Unprepared and unable to react quickly; as, the new product caught their competitors flat-footed. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: unready. [WordNet 1.5]

{To catch (one) flatfooted} to catch (a person) unprepared; to catch (a person) by surprise. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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