to catch someone red-handed

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - catch red-handed

"to catch someone red-handed"

to discover someone in the process of doing something wrong


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - catch red-handed

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's your husband doing with his diet?

Friend 2:  He told me that all was well and that he was following his diet.

Friend 1:  But?

Friend 2:  I was awoken last night because I heard noises in the kitchen.  When I went to look, I caught my husband red-handed with a big piece of cake in his hands.

Friend 1:  Oops!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - catch red-handed

A police officer and criminal are talking ...

Police Officer:  You may as well surrender.

Criminal:  Why should I surrender? I haven't done anything wrong.

Police Officer:  I've caught you red-handed!  You have a gun in your hand and are about to break-in.

to catch someone red-handed - Usage:


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to catch someone red-handed - Gerund Form:

Catching your coworker red-handed in the act of stealing office supplies puts you in a difficult position.

to catch someone red-handed - Examples:

1)  ... or daughter comes home with ill-gotten gains from the recent looting and you catch them red-handed. So do you hand your own offspring over to the police?

2)  ... from breaking into your office, but remote surveillance systems may help you catch them red-handed.

3)  The frustrating thing is that I have suspects, but unless I catch them red-handed, there isn't much I can do.

4)  ... initially think about a private investigator running surveillance on a cheating spouse to catch him red-handed with photographic or video evidence ...

5)  ... is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter.

6)  If you are the one caught red-handed, chances are your boss will probably be putting all the blame on you while ...

7)  The legislation advocated proceeding with an arrest or an intervention if the perpetrator is caught red-handed.

8)  ... but those headaches are nothing in comparison to the nightmare that being caught red-handed evading taxes would be.

9)  Simply denying guilt doesn't make it disappear. When you have been caught red-handed, it's too late to cover up.

10)  ... its owner had been stealing equipment to set up a non-union factory and got caught red-handed.

11)  Realising that they had been caught red-handed, they both bolted away from the scene.

12)  Having been caught red-handed and red-faced over his affair with Kristen Stewart, film director Rupert Sanders is desperate ...

13)  In 1993, NBC News was caught red-handed rigging pickup trucks to explode and burn in order to support a news program.

14)  ... vice president for five years, and he only resigned when he was caught red-handed taking cash bribes across his desk in the White House.

15)  ... he owned a dog again. He didn't announce it until he was caught red-handed with a box of Milkbones on his kitchen table in a photo that he tweeted.

16)  ... after he realized he'd been had, and had been caught red-handed on video, cooperating with people who tricked him into believing they were planning on ...

17)  You engaged in ongoing deception and you did not stop until you got caught red-handed.

18)  ... that he misled the police over a traffic offence, remains unpunished after being caught red-handed feeding journalists damaging material about his Cabinet colleague Theresa May.

19)  ... of a rebellious toddler. That was the case throughout his career: When caught red-handed, he says in all seriousness: It wasn't me.

20)  He changed his statement was he got caught red-handed.