wrong-foot
transitive verb Date: 1928 chiefly British to cause (as an opponent in soccer or tennis) to lean into or step with the wrong foot; broadly to disrupt the equilibrium of <
a speed and flexibility that repeatedly wrong-footed his enemies — Anthony Lloyd
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wrong-foot — wrong foots, wrong footing, wrong footed also wrong foot VERB If you wrong foot someone, you surprise them by putting them into an unexpected or difficult situation. [mainly BRIT] [V n] He has surprised his supporters and wrong footed his… …   English dictionary

  • wrong-foot — [rôŋ′foot΄] vt. 〚< the practice in sports of causing an opponent to put weight on the wrong foot〛 Chiefly Brit. to confuse or disconcert so as to make less able to act or respond effectively, reasonably, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • wrong-foot — [rôŋ′foot΄] vt. [< the practice in sports of causing an opponent to put weight on the wrong foot] Chiefly Brit. to confuse or disconcert so as to make less able to act or respond effectively, reasonably, etc …   English World dictionary

  • wrong foot — If you start something on the wrong foot, you start badly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • wrong-foot — verb transitive 1. ) in a sport, to make an opponent go in the wrong direction by suddenly changing the direction in which you move, or hit or kick a ball 2. ) BRITISH to put someone in a difficult or embarrassing situation by doing or saying… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wrong-foot — ► VERB Brit. 1) (in a game) play so as to catch (an opponent) off balance. 2) place in a difficult or embarrassing situation by saying or doing something unexpected …   English terms dictionary

  • wrong-foot — UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms wrong foot : present tense I/you/we/they wrong foot he/she/it wrong foots present participle wrong footing past tense wrong footed past participle wrong footed 1) British to put someone in a difficult or… …   English dictionary

  • wrong-foot — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb : to cause (as an opponent in tennis or football) to lean into or step with the wrong foot ; broadly : to disrupt the equilibrium of wrong footed three defenders to score the sudden deaths of contemporaries wrong foot… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrong-foot — /rɒŋ ˈfʊt/ (say rong foot) verb (t) 1. (in various sports, as football, tennis, etc.,) to trick (an opponent) into moving the wrong way. 2. to catch unprepared: to wrong foot the opposition in the campaign …   Australian English dictionary

  • wrong foot — see wrong foot …   English dictionary

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