flat-footed

flat-footed
1) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, ADJ n, ADJ after v If you are flat-footed, the arches of your feet are too low.

All babies look flat-footed and when they walk the whole sole touches the ground...

He'll grow up flat-footed.

2) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n, v-link ADJ, ADJ after v (disapproval) If you describe a person or action as flat-footed, you think they are clumsy, awkward, or foolish.

In contrast to the often flat-footed writing, the movie's structure has a certain elegance to it...

The government could be caught flat-footed.

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  • flat-footed — [flat′foot΄id] adj. 1. having flatfoot 2. designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot ☆ 3. Informal downright and firm; plain and uncompromising 4. Informal …   Universalium

  • Flat-footed — Flat foot ed, a. 1. Having a flat foot, with little or no arch of the instep; suffering from fallen arches. [WordNet sense 3] [1913 Webster] 2. Firm footed; determined. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster] 3. clumsy; amateurish; pedestrian;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat-footed — adj 1.) having flat feet 2.) informal moving in an awkward way = ↑clumsy ▪ The defence looked flat footed as Sutton scored easily. 3.) catch sb flat footed AmE to surprise someone so that they cannot do something in the way they ought to = ↑catch …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flat-footed — [flat′foot΄id] adj. 1. having flatfoot 2. designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot ☆ 3. Informal downright and firm; plain and uncompromising 4. Informal a) awkward or clumsy b) tedious, plodding …   English World dictionary

  • flat-footed — c.1600, with flat feet; meaning unprepared is from 1912, U.S. baseball slang, on notion of not on one s toes; earlier in U.S. colloquial use it meant straightforwardly, downright (1828), from notion of standing firmly …   Etymology dictionary

  • flat-footed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having flat feet. 2) informal clumsy …   English terms dictionary

  • flat-footed — {adj.}, {informal} 1. Straightforward; forthright; direct; outright. * /The governor issued a flat footed denial of the accusation./ * /He came out flat footed against the idea./ 2. Not ready; not prepared; usually used with catch . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flat-footed — {adj.}, {informal} 1. Straightforward; forthright; direct; outright. * /The governor issued a flat footed denial of the accusation./ * /He came out flat footed against the idea./ 2. Not ready; not prepared; usually used with catch . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flat-footed — I. adjective Date: 1601 1. affected with flatfoot; broadly walking with a dragging or shambling gait 2. a. firm and well balanced on the feet b. free from reservation ; forthright < had an honest flat footed way of saying a thing > 3. not ready …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flat-footed — adj informal 1. Straightforward; forthright; direct; outright. The governor issued a flat footed denial of the accusation. He came out flat footed against the idea. 2. Not ready; not prepared; usually used with catch . The teacher s question… …   Словарь американских идиом

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