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szdaily -> Speak Shenzhen
Caught flat-footed
    2017-May-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    A: It’s surprising that their competitors marketed the new product two months earlier than planned.

    B: True. They were caught flat-footed.

    Note: Being flat footed, literally, is the position we take when we are standing round at a party talking with each other, with a cup of beer or other beverage in hand. In this position, we have our body weight firmly and evenly spread on both feet. This standing position is not the position we take when we are running or getting ready to run. When we get ready to run, we lower our head and chest a little and raise our heels, letting our body weight fall on the toes. To be flat-footed is the opposite to being on one’s toes — and ready to run or react immediately when quick reactions are called for. “Caught flat-footed” is to be caught unawares and unable to react quickly.

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