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be caught flat-footed

To be startled or be caught unawares and/or while unprepared. The thieves were caught flat-footed by the security guard.
See also: caught

be flat-footed

1. To be unprepared or slow to react. That goal was my fault, guys. I was flat-footed on the play. The company has been somewhat flat-footed in its response to the scandal.
2. To be clumsy and awkward. Don't trust her carrying that vase—she's so flat-footed. I would change your opening argument—it's a little flat-footed as it is.

catch (one) flat-footed

To startle one; to come upon one unawares or unprepared. Usually used in the past tense. The security guard caught the thieves flat-footed. That essay question in the exam caught me completely flat-footed.
See also: catch

flat-footed

1. Slow to react. Unprepared. Often used in the phrase "caught flat footed." That goal was my fault, guys. I got caught flat-footed on the play.
2. Clumsy and awkward. Don't trust her carrying that vase—she's so flat-footed. I would change your opening argument—it's a little flat-footed right now.

foot the bill

To pay for something. I hope the production company is footing the bill for all of this air travel.
See also: bill, foot

foot up

To add or total something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "foot" and "up." Do you mind footing up the bill for us?
See also: foot, up

heavy-footed

Clumsy, ponderous, or lumbering in gait or tread. The team's star striker deftly navigated the ball past the heavy-footed defenseman.

hotfoot

To travel as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it out of here before Mom catches us going through her things!

hotfoot it

To travel as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it out of here before Mom catches us going through her things!
See also: hotfoot

hotfoot it off to (some place)

To leave for some place as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it off to the game, or we're going to be late.
See also: hotfoot, off, to

hotfoot it out of (some place)

To leave some place as fast as one can, usually by walking or running. We need to hotfoot it out of here before Mom catches us going through her things!
See also: hotfoot, of, out

wrong-foot

1. In soccer, to make a shot that makes a defender or goal keeper stumble or lose balance. The midfielder scored the critical tie-breaking goal just minutes before the end of regular time, wrong-footing the keeper with an incredible shot to the top corner of the net.
2. By extension, to maneuver in such a way as to catch someone off guard, especially so as to put them in an awkward or disadvantageous position. The quick-witted journalist wrong-footed the politician several times during the interview. I'm not trying to wrong-foot the board of directors, I'm just trying to do what I think is morally correct.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

catch someone red-handed

 and catch someone flat-footed
to catch a person in the act of doing something wrong. (See also caught red-handed.) Tom was stealing the car when the police drove by and caught him red-handed. Mary tried to cash a forged check at the bank, and the teller caught her red-handed.
See also: catch

foot the bill (for something)

Fig. to pay for something; to pay for a bill. My boss took me out for lunch and the company footed the bill. You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
See also: bill, foot

hotfoot it (off to) (somewhere)

to go somewhere as fast as possible. I've got to hotfoot it off to school. When they heard the police sirens, the thieves hotfooted home.
See also: hotfoot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

catch red-handed

Also, catch in the act. Apprehend someone in the course of wrongdoing, as in The boys were trying to steal a car and the police caught them red-handed, or He tried to cheat on the exam, but his teacher walked in and caught him in the act. The first term referred to blood on a murderer's hands and originally signified only that crime. Later it was extended to any offense. The variant ( catch in the act) is a translation of the Latin in flagrante delicto, part of the Roman code and long used in English law.
See also: catch

caught flat-footed

Caught unprepared, taken by surprise, as in The reporter's question caught the President flat-footed. This usage comes from one or another sport in which a player should be on his or her toes, ready to act. [c. 1900]
See also: caught

foot the bill

Pay the bill, settle the accounts, as in The bride's father was resigned to footing the bill for the wedding. This expression uses foot in the sense of "add up and put the total at the foot, or bottom, of an account." [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: bill, foot

hotfoot it

Go in haste, walk fast or run. For example, I'll have to hotfoot it to the airport if I'm to meet them. [Slang; c. 1900]
See also: hotfoot

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).
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

foot the bill

COMMON If you foot the bill for something, you pay for it. Police will have to foot the bill for the damage to both cars. If the insurance industry were to foot the entire bill for pollution, it would bankrupt it. Note: This expression may come from the practice of someone paying a bill and signing it at the bottom, or `foot'.
See also: bill, foot

be caught flat-footed

If someone is caught flat-footed ,they are put at a disadvantage when something happens which they do not expect. `The people around were caught flat-footed,' said Mr. Enko. `Nobody expected floods of such magnitude.' Note: You can also say that an event or action leaves someone flat-footed. Pentland had agreed to buy Adidas but pulled out of the deal suddenly, leaving the French millionaire flat-footed.
See also: caught
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

foot the bill

be responsible for paying for something.
See also: bill, foot

catch someone flat-footed

take someone by surprise or at a disadvantage. informal
The opposite of flat-footed in this metaphorical sense is on your toes (see toe).
1998 Field Farming and forestry were both caught flat-footed when fashion changed.
See also: catch, someone
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

foot the ˈbill (for something)

be responsible for paying the cost of something: The local council will have to foot the bill for damage done to the roads in last years’s floods.
See also: bill, foot

ˈhotfoot it

(informal) walk or run somewhere quickly: Once the police arrived, we hotfooted it out of there.
See also: hotfoot
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

foot up

v.
To calculate something, especially by addition: The waiter footed up the bill at the end of the meal. Our producer footed the expenses up after the closing night of the play.
See also: foot, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

flat-footed, to be caught/catch

To surprise/be surprised; to be caught unprepared. This antonym to being on one’s toes is believed by some to come from baseball terminology (it was so defined in the linguistics journal American Speech in 1912). However, other authorities believe it comes from horse-racing, where it is said of a horse whose jockey is unprepared to start a race.
See also: catch, caught, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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