flatfoot

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flatfoot

and flatty
n. a police officer, especially a foot patrol officer. (Older.) Think about how the flatfoot on the beat is affected by this cold. There’s a flatty on the corner. Go ask him for some help.
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Then, nine minutes from the final whistle, Brennan got the goal his performance richly deserved, a curling lob which left Rouse flatfooted.
She was caught flatfooted as the tempo increased two furlongs out but, having dropped to the rear passing the furlong marker, she stayed on for fourth.
Cork edged a shockingly poor first half with the only note for a big, noisy crowd being Farrelly's stunning opening goal on 40 minutes that left Robbie Hedderman flatfooted.