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flat-footed

adjective [before noun] (UNSUCCESSFUL)    /ˌflætˈfʊt.ɪd/ US  /-ˈfʊt̬-/
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.Surprised 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.Tedious and uninspiring
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