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wrong-foot

Deceive by moving differently from what one expects, as in He won quite a few points by wrong-footing his opponent. This expression comes from tennis, where it means to hit the ball in the direction the opponent is moving away from. It was transferred to other applications in the late 1900s, as in Susan Larson's review of a concert: "Music wrong-footing and deceiving the ear" ( Boston Globe, November 1, 1994).
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Mugabe, who has not seen in public since Saturday' was said to be pondering whether to abandon power or face a run-off - a possible ruse to wrong-foot his opponents' supporters.
Inzaghi struck the opener seconds from half-time when a Andrea Pirlo free-kick struck him on the shoulder to wrong-foot goalkeeper Jose Reina.
TELECOMS giant BT Vision has joined the 3D TV revolution in a bid to wrong-foot rivals Sky and Virgin Media by offering blockbuster movie StreetDance with specs appeal.
The Ulstermen ended their thrilling campaign on a relative low, with Xavi's long-range drive careering off Sammy Clingan's head to wrong-foot Maik Taylor.
It's nice to see someone wrong-foot Jose, right, - the man's just too damn smug.
And, gaining momentum, Watford grabbed a third when a Joel Grant shot took a deflection off centre-back Stuart Wall to wrong-foot goalkeeper Jonathan Tuffey.
It was 51 minutes until the next score, Fylde producing a brilliant move to put winger Mark Evans over, only for DK centre Warren Port to wrong-foot the defence and score a fine try.
10) is fancied to wrong-foot the bookies again by winning the opener at Huntingdon.
HDTV could wrong-foot the Hollywood glamour machine, which turns ordinary looking people into stars thanks to magazine shoots and air-brushed videos.
As happened in the first half,Harrogate tookadvantageof all the missed chances and Turley saw his mis-hit shot wrong-foot Peter Crookes to give Harrogatea 65thminute lead.
The Dutch midfielder hit a lucky 48th-minute winner as his speculative shot deflected off Ian Breckin to wrong-foot Paul Smith.
Kallstrom was left unmarked and unchallenged on the edge of the penalty area after 39 minutes to wrong-foot goalkeeper Aleksandrs Kolinko to score what proved to be the winner.
But Burton had to hang on after Housham's shot had taken a deflection to wrong-foot keeper Matt Duke in the 67th minute.
But seconds later Darren Smith's 20-yard strike took a deflection to wrong-foot keeper Paul Jarvie for the leveller.
The attempts by the Chelsea and Skipton building societies to wrong-foot carpetbaggers pressing them to convert to banks could backfire, a leading building society analyst warned.