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A flatfoot (condition in which the arch of the foot touches the ground).


flat +‎ foot


flatfoot (plural flatfoots or flatfeet)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A condition in which the arch of the foot makes contact with the ground
  2. A person having the above condition
  3. (colloquial, archaic, derogatory, law enforcement) (plural typically flatfoots) A policeman


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flatfoot (third-person singular simple present flatfoots, present participle flatfooting, simple past and past participle flatfooted)

  1. To walk around in the course of work, especially when investigating.
    • 1936, John Thomas McIntyre, Steps going down, page 19:
      And even if they didn't know about her they might know this was his old neighborhood and go flatfooting around asking.
    • 1956, Lee Mortimer, Around the World Confidential, page 38:
      Meanwhile, a bobby placidly flatfooting his beat a few feet away recognized Marlene under the street lamp and naturally assumed the girls had too, and were merely trying to get her autograph.
    • 2017 -, Adam Baron, SuperJack: A totally gripping thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, →ISBN:
      I'd spent a very long day flatfooting it round housing estates near Old Street, looking for a twelve-year-old boy who I'd never managed to find though the police eventually had, two weeks later.
  2. To dance in the style of Appalachian clogging.
    • 2014, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings): A Novella, →ISBN:
      Casewell, George, and Steve had the crowd flatfooting across the floor in no time.
  3. To gulp an entire drink (bottle, glass, can, etc.) without pausing between swallows.
    • 2012, Dana Stabenow -, A Grave Denied, →ISBN:
      “Thanks, Kate,” Bill Bingley said, laying down a screw gun and flatfooting the Coke she handed him.
  4. To perform an action inefficiently or awkwardly.
  5. To wrongfoot.
    • 2018 June 17, Barney Ronay, “Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian[1], London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 5 August 2019:
      In the event they lacked a proper midfield bolt, with Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira huffing around in pursuit of the whizzing green machine. The centre-backs looked flustered, left to deal with three on two as Mexico broke. Löw’s 4-2-3-1 seemed antiquated and creaky, with the old World Cup shark Thomas Müller flat-footed in a wide position.