flat-footed flat-footed

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) with feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe
  2. (adj) unprepared and unable to react quickly
  3. (adj) having broad flat feet that usually turn outward
  4. (adj) without reservation

Usage(s):

  1. When the open standards of the Internet changed the game, Microsoft was initially caught flat-footed.
  2. Sources in the Pentagon, White House and Congress grumble that the CIA and the nation's other intelligence bureaucracy were caught flat-footed by the Sept.
  3. VOIP's young upstarts have already caught the giants flat-footed.

News

  • Markets steady as investors ready for Fed

    Markets were fairly flat-footed ahead of a keenly awaited policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The central bank wraps up a two-day policy meeting later Wednesday and investors are looking to ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "They're desperate, and we knew that coming in," said Luongo, who was coming off a 3-1 home win against San Jose. "After the big game on Saturday, we got caught a little flat-footed."
    on Mar 9, 2009 By: Roberto Luongo Source: USA Today

  2. "Daniel Paille made a great play because I was really caught flat-footed on the breakout," Connolly said. "He was able to strip the guy of the puck and left it there for me."
    on Apr 7, 2007 By: Tim Connolly Source: ESPN

  3. "I don't know, we got away from our game plan," Leclaire said. "We're a good team when we play simple and we keep everything on the sides. We tried to do a little too much and we got caught flat-footed."
    on Nov 4, 2006 By: Pascal Leclaire Source: ESPN

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