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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.

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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Sometimes she was at her fort, issuing commands; sometimes she was careering over the plain at the head of her men; sometimes she was training her horse; once she said, reprovingly, "You are giving me the wrong foot; give me the left - don't you know it is good-bye?"
They had stepped off on the wrong foot. Why, they really hadn't been even acquainted.
Alan Peter Cayetano to extend the term of congressmen is 'starting on the wrong foot, or delivering the wrong message.'
Gueye's went with his wrong foot but I don't care, he's touched the ball.
In a pre-open research note, the analyst said Hologic "has started off on the wrong foot this year, a clear disappointment," and it is unclear to him that resetting the guide changes the fact that Cynosure does not appear to have a near-term catalyst to stabilize the segment, nor does he have conviction it can achieve its goal of double-digit growth anytime soon.
26 (ANI): Taking a swift stand on the Australian ball-tampering controversy which caught skipper Steve Smith and other players on wrong foot, veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Monday said life ban for the erring cricketers would be a little "too harsh".
I probably went with the wrong foot or should have thrown my head at it.
After all, this is the man who said of himself (something like): "I just put on this act of being a bumbling buffoon simply to wrong foot my opponents!" Well, wrong there then Boris as your whole demeanour, your actions, the way you speak, what you actually say, your appearance and overall body language tell us that you ARE in fact a mumbling, bumbling buffoon!
But she's on the wrong foot and carrying a handbag.
HOLBY CITY (8pm BBC1) PAUL O'Grady pops in to Holby tonight as a patient who gets off on the wrong foot with Chrissie.
But as I was putting my shoe on, I realised I was putting it on the wrong foot.
"We are a young country and we have started on the wrong foot and we've been on the wrong foot for long years and we're still on the wrong foot.
Boro's youngsters got off on the wrong foot as Wanderers stormed into a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes.
True, he missed the header for the opening goal but apart from that he got his tackles in even though in some cases he was tackling with his wrong foot.
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