flat-footed :

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  • s  with feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe
  • s  unprepared and unable to react quickly
    the new product caught their competitors flat-footed
  • s  having broad flat feet that usually turn outward
    a slow flat-footed walk
  • s  without reservation
    a flat-footed refusal

  • When the open standards of the Internet changed the game, Microsoft was initially caught flat-footed.
  • 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.
  • VOIP's young upstarts have already caught the giants flat-footed.
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  • 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 ...
    June 19, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  • Roberto Luongo in USA Today
    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."
  • Tim Connolly in ESPN
    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."
  • Pascal Leclaire in ESPN
    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."

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