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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wrongfoot.

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Examples

  • The question is, could something unexpected happen that wrongfoots the market — either a "black swan" event that completely surprises investors with a rare and highly disruptive outcome (a coup in North Korea, say), or even just a bout of short-term turbulence that rocks global markets?

    Threats Grow in Developing World

  • But Goldenballs comes back, lines up a third as if he is going to smash it and, once his opponent has taken a step to his right, wrongfoots him with a gentle toe-poke into the other corner, the ball sticking out its tongue as it goes.

    David Beckham: I'd love to play for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics

  • He constantly wrongfoots ministers and has played a key role in exposing scandals of over-medication and elder abuse.

    Liberal Democrat conference live - Wednesday 22 September

  • Rather than revel in the sleaze of his demise, Robertson brilliantly wrongfoots us by letting Eddlestane emerge as one of the novel's most sympathetic characters, with a marvellous, dignified telephone confrontation with the man who ruined him.

    And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson

  • Giving a short, brisk answer wrongfoots the hostile interviewer, because they are worrying that they will use up all the questions they have been provided with.

    How to Deal With an Obnoxious Interviewer

  • Tories say Labour wasted £300m on using private providers to cut NHS waiting times Experts speak out on what Andrew Lansley should change in his health bill Andrew Lansley left isolated as NHS backlash wrongfoots ministers Follow all the top political stories of the day on Twitter with the Guardian and Observer's politics team

    The Guardian World News

  • Nor is it the cue for a love interest to take Joe in hand - although the script wrongfoots us by suggesting that that's where the story's going.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Nor is it the cue for a love interest to take Joe in hand - although the script wrongfoots us by suggesting that that's where the story's going.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • It wrongfoots you for a moment, but it's also delivered with such a cheeky wink that you can forgive them as they quickly move straight on to the next gag.

    getreading - Reading Post - RSS feed

  • Just like industry promising clean coal, the green power messaging just mis-educates - it wrongfoots those who do care about doing the right thing about climate change.

    Countercurrents.org

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