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wrong-foot

verb uk   /ˌrɒŋˈfʊt/ us    /ˌrɑːŋ-/
[T] UK in a sport, to hit or kick the ball so that the other player believes the ball will go in the opposite direction to the one in which it will really go, in order to make him or her move in the wrong direction [T often passive] to cause someone to be in a difficult situation by doing something unexpected: The company was completely wrong-footed by the dollar's sudden recovery.
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