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- (transitive) To put on the defensive; to put off balance.
1996, Kenneth Branagh, “The Film diaries”, in Hamlet, page 188:
- Hamlet is bitter, evasive, now backfooting them, now attacking, now genial - their job isn't going to be easy.
2006 February 21, “Japan opposition gears up for showdown on Livedoor”, in Boston Globe:
- Koizumi's government has been backfooted by the indictment of Horie, the former CEO of Livedoor Co., on charges of violating securities regulations