wrongfoot

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Etymology[edit]

wrong +‎ foot

Verb[edit]

wrongfoot (third-person singular simple present wrongfoots, present participle wrongfooting, simple past and past participle wrongfooted)

  1. (transitive, tennis) To play the ball in an unexpected direction, forcing (the opponent) to change direction suddenly.
  2. (transitive) To catch (someone) off balance, off guard.
  3. (transitive) To place (someone) at a tactical disadvantage.