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Definition of "flat-footed" []

  • Of or afflicted with flatfoot. (adjective)
  • Steady on the feet. (adjective)
  • Informal Without reservation; forthright: a flat-footed refusal. (adjective)
  • Unable to react quickly; unprepared: The new product caught their competitors flat-footed. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flat-footed" in a sentence
  • "So we sense a real competitive opportunity to bring the Cabela's concept to Canada, and really catch those folks in Canada very flat-footed, which is what's happened thus far."
  • "The crowd got it instantly; it drew a huge laugh and caught Hart completely flat-footed."
  • "I've seen roaches big enough to stand flat-footed and do bad things to dogs."