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flat-footed (adj.)

c. 1600, "with flat feet;" see flat (adj.) + foot (n.). Meaning "unprepared" is from 1912, U.S. baseball slang, on notion of "not on one's toes;" earlier in U.S. colloquial adverbial use it meant "straightforwardly, downright, resolute" (1828), from notion of "standing firmly."

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Definitions of flat-footed

flat-footed (adj.)
with feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe;
Synonyms: flatfooted
flat-footed (adj.)
unprepared and unable to react quickly;
the new product caught their competitors flat-footed
Synonyms: flatfooted
flat-footed (adj.)
having broad flat feet that usually turn outward;
a slow flat-footed walk
Synonyms: flatfooted
flat-footed (adj.)
forthright and explicit;
a flat-footed refusal
Synonyms: flatfooted
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