Definition of wrong-foot in English:


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[with object]
  • 1(In a game) play so as to catch (an opponent) off balance: Cook wrong-footed the defense with a low free kick
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    • As more Stuttgart players were drawn towards him, his reverse pass wrong-footed the entire defence to leave Giggs scampering clear before rolling his shot calmly beyond Hildebrand.
    • A slick side-step wrong-footed the Dewsbury full back and Stepho looked poised to score, but he was held just two yards short of the try line.
    • A minute later Sylvain Wiltord's strike hit Ian Baraclough to wrong-foot Ludek Miklosko and the game was all but over.
  • 1.1British Put (someone) in a difficult or embarrassing situation by saying or doing something that they do not expect: an announcement regarded as an attempt to wrong-foot the opposition
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    • He fails completely, of course, but with his attempts to confound and wrong-foot audiences more used to linear stories, it is a noble failure.
    • Final track Come and Go completely wrong-foots you with its bossa-nova beat.
    • In four years he had gone from nobody to totemic figure, each new direction he took wrong-footing fans who were desperately trying to keep pace with him.

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