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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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Two minutes later Isco showed sublime skill to double the lead when he wrong-footed a defender at the edge of the box before drilling into the top corner.
Wilson struck after 20 minutes when Troy Archibald-Henville was penalised for a trip and Wilson's free-kick took a huge deflection to leave Exeter keeper Lenny Pidgeley wrong-footed.
West Park ................7 Vale Of Lune .........48 John Williams THE outcome of this North One West contest was clear from the start when Vale's full-back Neil Foster burst through a paper thin defence for the first of his side's eight touchdowns From then onwards the Lancashire side displayed a level of fitness and organisation that the Merseysiders found difficulty in matching apart from a spell in the second period when substitute Rob Hitchmough wrong-footed Vale's defence for a converted try.
Let me tell of one difference between an LLC and a corporation (see August 2008 issue) that caught me wrong-footed. My accountant had me create an LLC and capitalize it with my airplane.
Schwarzer made his world class save when, wrong-footed after a Nigeria shot deflected off Lucas Neill, the Boro stopper twisted his body in mid-air to tip the ball to safety via the crossbar.
However, the leadership was wrong-footed last month when Gordon Brown first praised the Tory doyenne as a "conviction politician", and then posed for pictures with her in Downing Street.
When Spain made it 2-0 he raved 'it's two and it's as clean as a whistle', though at the time it looked a clear deflection as the keeper was wrong-footed.
Copses fell behind on 40 minutes when a direct free-kick took a deflection off the wall and wrong-footed goalkeeper Lee Wilson.
Bradford equalised after 18 minutes when defender Robert Molenaar headed a free-kick from Andy Lee towards goal and the ball wrong-footed goalkeeper Boaz Myhill as it took a deflection.
Suddenly a cabal of wrong-footed bookmakers appears to be directing the traffic up a cul-de-sac.
Duguid's second-minute deflected shot wrong-footed Cameron Belford in the Bury goal.
And he dramatically scored the equaliser deep into stoppage time with a smart finish into the bottom corner that left wrong-footed keeper Ryan Young motionless.
His shot hit three defenders and wrong-footed the goalie but you've got to carry some luck.
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The game was wrapped up after 67 minutes when Dennis Oli got on the end of Nicky Southall's pass and his strike took a deflection to leave Accrington keeper Kenny Arthur wrong-footed.