catch flat-footed

разг. застать кого-л. за чем-л. плохим, поймать врасплох The prisoners were trying to escape but were caught flat-footed in the attempt. ≈ Заключенные пытались сбежать, но были пойманы врасплох.

Большой англо-русский и русско-английский словарь. 2001.

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  • catch flat-footed — See: FLAT FOOTED(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch flat-footed — See: FLAT FOOTED(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ flat-footed — See: flat footed(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • flat-footed — (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Standing solidly] Syn. uncompromising, forthright, unwavering, firm; see resolute 2 . 2. [*Awkward] Syn. clumsy, maladroit, plodding, tedious; see awkward 1 , dull 4 . • catch flat footed*, Syn. take by surprise, catch off …   English dictionary for students

  • flat-footed — [flat′foot΄id] adj. 1. having flatfoot 2. designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot ☆ 3. Informal downright and firm; plain and uncompromising 4. Informal …   Universalium

  • Flat-footed — Flat foot ed, a. 1. Having a flat foot, with little or no arch of the instep; suffering from fallen arches. [WordNet sense 3] [1913 Webster] 2. Firm footed; determined. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster] 3. clumsy; amateurish; pedestrian;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flat-footed — adj 1.) having flat feet 2.) informal moving in an awkward way = ↑clumsy ▪ The defence looked flat footed as Sutton scored easily. 3.) catch sb flat footed AmE to surprise someone so that they cannot do something in the way they ought to = ↑catch …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flat-footed — [flat′foot΄id] adj. 1. having flatfoot 2. designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot ☆ 3. Informal downright and firm; plain and uncompromising 4. Informal a) awkward or clumsy b) tedious, plodding …   English World dictionary

  • flat-footed — {adj.}, {informal} 1. Straightforward; forthright; direct; outright. * /The governor issued a flat footed denial of the accusation./ * /He came out flat footed against the idea./ 2. Not ready; not prepared; usually used with catch . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flat-footed — {adj.}, {informal} 1. Straightforward; forthright; direct; outright. * /The governor issued a flat footed denial of the accusation./ * /He came out flat footed against the idea./ 2. Not ready; not prepared; usually used with catch . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flat-footed — I. adjective Date: 1601 1. affected with flatfoot; broadly walking with a dragging or shambling gait 2. a. firm and well balanced on the feet b. free from reservation ; forthright < had an honest flat footed way of saying a thing > 3. not ready …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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