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In this lesson you will learn the meaning of the idiom “to be on the back foot’ and how we can use it in our daily conversations.
Julia: To be on the back foot means to be in a defensive position.
Samuel: Ricky Ponting was batting on the back foot yesterday.
Julia: This is not only used in cricket. It is used as an idiom which means forced to be in disadvantage by an opponent. Who won the match, Samuel?
Samuel: So, you mean, being on back foot also means to be outclassed? The Aussies put the Kiwis on their back foot despite their weak batting.
Julia: You’re correct. It also means to be troubled by something or even a physical disability to continue with something. Can you give an example, Samuel?
Samuel: Sure, the snow storm put us on the back foot on our last mountaineering trip.
Julia: Alright! Mountaineering is fun. Next time do take me along with you.
Samuel: That’ll be fun for sure! But you’ll be on the back foot with those extra pounds of yours.
Julia: C’mon Sammy! Don’t you know I go to the gym every day now?
Veronica: The new trade policy is putting our company on the back foot.
Anton: I have no worries about it. The deal with Kamone and GL Logistics will compensate for that, for sure.
Veronica : I hope you are right , Anton. The competition is really tough these days.
Anton : Veronica, we may be on the backfoot now. But we will grow rapidly soon.
Anton : Hey Samuel! Why didn’t you come to school last week?
Samuel : I got mugged last week man, and that brought me an injured leg. I was in the hospital.
Anton : Oh, no! But you know Karate don’t you?
Samuel : Karate is on the back foot when the other guy has a gun.
Anton : You are right. Well, you missed a lot of classes.
Samuel : And now I’m going to be on the back foot in studies.
Veronica : Hey Anton. How’s your team doing?
Anton: You evil girl! You’re making fun of me.
Veronica : Ha ha! I know your team hasn’t won a game all season.
Anton : We are just on the backfoot now. You wait and see! We will win the next game.
Veronica: Your team is always on the backfoot, John. They won’t win a single game.