flat-footed flat-footed


  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


  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.


  • 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


  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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