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caught red-handed

This page is about the idiom caught red-handed

Meaning

If someone is caught red-handed, they are caught in the act of doing something wrong such as cheating or stealing.

For example

  • I used to cheat in exams until I was caught red-handed by my teacher. I stopped doing it after that.

  • How can you say you didn't steal the book? You were caught red-handed walking out of the store after you'd hidden it under your jacket.

Quick Quiz

The guy in the apartment next door was caught red-handed

a. watching bad T.V.

b. peeping on our cute neighbour

c. cooking an awful dinner
a) watching bad T.V. b) peeping on our cute neighbour c) cooking an awful dinner
caught red-handed

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Contributor: Matt Errey