wrong-footed; wrong-footing; wrong-foots

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to cause (someone, such as an opponent in soccer or tennis) to lean into or step with the wrong foot
broadly : to disrupt the equilibrium of
a speed and flexibility that repeatedly wrong-footed his enemies Anthony Lloyd

Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wrong-foot was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Wrong-foot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrong-foot. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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