[flat-foo t-id] /ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd/
taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit:
a flatfooted denial.
clumsy or plodding; maladroit:
catch one flatfooted, to catch one unprepared; surprise:
The amount of the bill caught us flatfooted.
(informal) off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
c.1600, “with flat feet;” meaning “unprepared” is from 1912, U.S. baseball slang, on notion of “not on one’s toes;” earlier in U.S. colloquial use it meant “straightforwardly, downright” (1828), from notion of “standing firmly.”
Unprepared; surprised •Usu in the phrase catch someone flatfooted: He just stood there flatfooted and watched it roll in (1912+ Baseball)
Straightforwardly; without ceremony: If they were going to turn it down, they would have just flatfooted done it (1828+)
see: caught flat-footed
[flat-greynd] /ˈflætˌgreɪnd/ adjective 1. (of sawed lumber) having the annual rings at an angle of less than 45° with the broader surfaces.
[flat-hed] /ˈflætˌhɛd/ noun, plural (especially collectively) flathead (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) flatheads. 1. any of several scorpaenoid fishes of the family Platycephalidae, chiefly inhabiting waters of the Indo-Pacific region and used for food. [flat-hed] /ˈflætˌhɛd/ noun 1. a member of a tribe of Salishan Indians of northwest Montana. 2. a […]
noun 1. a flat screw head.
noun 1. a yellow and brown catfish, Pylodictus olivaris, common in the central U.S., having a flattened head and a projecting lower jaw.