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English definition of “wrong-foot”

wrong-foot

verb     /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 them move in the wrong directionCheating and trickingPlotting and trappingGeneral terms used in ball sports [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.Causing difficulties for oneself or others
(Definition of wrong-foot verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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