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flat-footed

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌflætˈfʊt.ɪd/ us    /-ˈfʊt̬-/

flat-footed adjective [before noun] (HAVING FLAT FEET)

having feet whose bottom part is flat against the ground and not curved up in an arch

flat-footed adjective [before noun] (UNSUCCESSFUL)

in an difficult or unexpected situation that makes you unable to move or react quickly or skilfully: Campaign leaders were caught flat-footed when the opinion polls suddenly started to swing the other way. informal boring, with no new ideas or imagination: a flat-footed political campaign As with all the best American comedies, the sharpness of the script made the average British sitcom seem embarrassingly flat-footed.
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