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[flat-foo t or for 1, -foo t] /ˈflætˌfʊt or for 1, -ˈfʊt/

noun, plural flatfeet for 1, flatfoots for 2, 3.

Slang. a police officer; cop.
Older Slang. a sailor.
Also called splayfoot. a condition in which the entire sole of the foot is able to touch the ground because of flattening of the instep arch
(pl) -foots, -feet a slang word (usually derogatory) for a policeman

flatfoot flat·foot (flāt’fut’)
n. pl. flat·feet (-fēt’)
A condition in which the arch of the foot is abnormally flattened down so that the entire sole makes contact with the ground. Also called splayfoot, talipes planus.


A police officer or detective: The flat-feet scratched their heads (1899+)


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