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.
So my dignity was shocked when I had to come down from my self-promoted position to a flatfooted infantryman again.
The Southern Soldier Boy James Carson Elliott
She looked up, puzzled, first at the comely, flatfooted Indian woman and afterward at the handsome little brown-faced papoose.
The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
At each encore the Utes stamped their flatfooted way round the room in a kind of impromptu and mirthful dance.
The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
“Winn, I won’t do it,” said Brayton, with flatfooted decision.
A Trooper Galahad Charles King
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+)
made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use. something that is catchpenny. Historical Examples It is the staple commodity of your newspaper-mongers, and the catchpenny song of the streets. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846 Various Wrote a tale of “’76,” which with others will make a […]
a phrase that attracts or is meant to attract attention. a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of the original meaning remaining. Contemporary Examples For those wondering, this vanishing middle ground is where the book gets its catch-phrase title. Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius […]
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt. Historical Examples You can tell Mr. catchpole his master wishes to see him here. Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a catchpole. Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford catchpole, the landlord of a […]
- Catch red-handed
Also, catch in the act. Apprehend someone in the course of wrongdoing, as in The boys were trying to steal a car and the police caught them red-handed, or He tried to cheat on the exam, but his teacher walked in and caught him in the act. The first term referred to blood on a […]