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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
After the break, Institute doubled their lead when a free-kick from David Ogilby took a deflection to wrong-foot Coleraine keeper Davy O'Hare.
Warren Patmore, who banged in 21 goals for the Conference club's chief rivals Yeovil last season, showed some marvellous skill to wrong-foot City goalkeeper Alan Fettis for the only goal of the game after 27 minutes.
Spurs reply was immediate and Ruel Fox's shot ricocheted off McGrath's ankle to wrong-foot Bosnich.
But with time ticking away Salako saved Charlton with a volley that was deflected to wrong-foot Tony Roberts, who got his hands to the ball but could not keep it out.
His legendary Teflon coating may be wearing thin but he still managed to wrong-foot his opponents with his shock resignation announcement.
Carlisle's winning goal came from defender Kevin Gray whose fierce cross-shot was deflected by loan defender Dave Challinor to wrong-foot keeper Glynn Garner.