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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flat-footed without reservation "a flat-footed refusal"
    • adj flat-footed with feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe
    • adj flat-footed having broad flat feet that usually turn outward "a slow flat-footed walk"
    • adj flat-footed unprepared and unable to react quickly "the new product caught their competitors flat-footed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flat-footed clumsy; amateurish; pedestrian; unimaginative; plodding; as, flatfooted prose.
    • Flat-footed Firm-footed; determined.
    • Flat-footed Having a flat foot, with little or no arch of the instep; suffering from fallen arches.
    • Flat-footed Unprepared and unable to react quickly; as, the new product caught their competitors flat-footed .
    • Flat-footed With feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe.
    • Flat-footed Without reservation; without evasion or compromise; firm; as, a flat-footed refusal; a flatfooted denial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flat-footed Having flat feet; having little or no hollow in the sole, and a low arch in the instep.
    • flat-footed Firm-footed; resolute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flat-footed having flat feet: resolute
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root found in Ice. flatr, flat, Sw. flat, Dan. flad, Old High Ger. flaz.


In literature:

A few minutes later she left the house on foot, and taking a hansom at the corner of the Square, drove to Anna's flat.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In case of a man walking, the whole flat of the foot comes equally on the ground, the footmarks usually about 30 inches apart.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
A short distance from the foot of the wall was a small stream of clear water, running over the meadow-flat.
"Crossing the Plains, Days of '57" by William Audley Maxwell
Just then a pirate brought Captain Rolls, who had been bound hand and foot, to the mainmast, where he laid him flat on the deck.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
And when you say "flat" you shift your weight to the left foot by putting it flat on the floor.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
The scraper lay down flat on its side whenever I touched it with my foot.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Eighth, the weakness of his lower limbs, the broad, flat foot and low instep, the projecting heel and somewhat prehensile great toe.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
At the point she had reached, the jutting corner of the wood hid from her the downward slope of the hill, and the flat land at its foot.
"The Flaw in the Crystal" by May Sinclair
There were two flat-cars, and rapidly these were loaded and pushed off to the foot of the island, half or three-quarters of a mile.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
Pour some mercury on a tin foil, smoothly laid on a flat table, and rub it gently with a hare's foot.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
One foot forward, the body flat against the wall, a little choke from the dust, then the other foot after.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The tide was about one-quarter in, and there was a foot of water all over the flats.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
It is fighting against the laws of fate to attempt to rear strong personalities in a "flat" or even in a fifty-foot lot.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
Flat-foot is often associated with knock-knee in children and young adults who are the subject of rickets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
On either side of the body between the mantle and the foot are two flat gills each composed of two lamellae.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The five giants marched, flat-footed, down the hall, their thick arms swinging.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
Alice, the maid-servant, reinforced by her sister Bertha, heavy of face and flat of foot, attended to the wants of the guests.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
I'm on the ground, flat-footed, and I'm going to stay on it.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
To the right, a huge, furry looking shadow ran clumsily, flat-footedly.
"Unexplored!" by Allen Chaffee
When set, next comes the trigger which must be of hard wood and about a foot long, round at one end and flat at the other.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

In news:

If you ran the Full or the Half last year at the Foot Traffic Flat, you know it was hellishly hot and there was a shortage of cups.
Penn State's Flat-Footed Responses Baffle Experts.
Penn State's flat-footed responses baffle experts.
Although the Rebels (5-4 overall, 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference) led early, they fell flat down the stretch against the Dawgs and never regained their footing.
Don't Let Black Friday Catch You Flat-Footed.
The 12-foot-long Oru Kayak folds into a small, flat package for storage and transport.
At one point, he goes left, finds no running room, wheels around in a giant circle and zooms past a flat-footed defense for a long score.
Don't Let Black Friday Catch You Flat -Footed.
If you wear ultra-padded shoes, you'll need to build foot muscles before walking in flats .
Likable cast can't save shameless, flat -footed 'Playing for Keeps'.
One was a Union Pacific freight train bound for Louisiana, a 7,200-foot-long behemoth with 84 cargo cars rumbling through the flat industrial edge of this West Texas city.
Likable cast can't save shameless, flat-footed 'Playing for Keeps'.
Kneel face-to-face, then each of you places the opposite foot flat on the ground and nudges closer, joining genitals.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—When Electra received a patent for its Flat Foot technology last summer, it put the industry on notice it would protect this patent.
It is controlled by either a foot or hand control and can be changed from a seated position to a flat or tilted position, to aid physicians in performing exams or procedures .