back foot

Related to back foot: Black foot

back foot

n
on the back foot at a disadvantage; outmanoeuvred or outclassed by an opponent
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Nisar Ali Khan has said that I am not a cricketer who plays a shot on front foot and on back foot.
ISLAMABAD -- Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar said on Saturday that he is not playing cricket, thus no need arises for him to be on the front or back foot in the party.
Islamabad -- Senior Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Chaudhry Nisar said on Saturday that he is not playing cricket, thus no need arises for him to be on the front or back foot in the party.
1 (ANI): Vikramaditya Singh, son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the back foot in the state.
Secretaries of Water and Power of both countries met in New Delhi on July 14-15 to convey their respective positions on the controversial projects as both countries are not ready to go on the back foot.
Osman Kakay 7 Rarely off the back foot early on but grew in confidence.
BUILDING HITLER'S SUPERGUN: THE PLOT TO DESTROY LONDON SUNDAY, CHANNEL 4, 8PM By the spring of 1943, for the first time since the beginning of WW2, Hitler was on the back foot.
Town haven't won a match so far this season, but Powell insisted: "We can't be on the back foot.
The North Mersey teenager, holding a height advantage, went to work straight from the first bell, forcing Flynn on to the back foot - a position she would find herself in for the entire bout.
Shivaji's adversaries went on back foot when he killed Afzal Khan, trusted and able general of Adil Shah II of Bijapur.
In perfect playing conditions barring a few blustery moments, the Bay put Welshpool instantly on the back foot with their fast pressing and good work from the forwards, their hard work rewarded with the ball securely getting out to the Bay's quick runners.
An early Jess Foster goal had given the Lady Mags the lead, but two Rovers strikes before the half put United on the back foot.