English Idiom – Caught with your pants down or Caught with your trousers down.
Meaning – To be found in a situation that embarrasses you. Caught doing something (usually naughty) that you don’t want other people to know about. To be suddenly discovered doing something (illegal or embarrassing) that you did not want other people to know about. To be found in a situation that makes you appear guilty of something.
Caught with your pants down can also be used if a person was caught unprepared for some event or situation.
This expression is often used to describe people in relationships being caught having affairs or cheating.
Pants or Trousers?
In American English, the word pants generally refers to a garment that covers both legs separately and is worn on the lower half of the body, such as jeans, slacks, or sweatpants. However, in British English, the word pants is used to refer to what Americans would call underwear or underpants.
On the other hand, in British English, the word trousers is used to refer to a garment that covers both legs separately and is worn on the lower half of the body, such as jeans, slacks, or dress pants. In American English, the word trousers is not commonly used, and instead, the word pants is used to refer to this type of garment.
When could you use this idiom?
- You catch your partner in bed with another person.
- If your boss catches you doing something illegal or dishonest in work.
- Your parent or guardian finds you doing something you shouldn’t be doing.
- A politician is caught on camera doing something illegal or immoral.
- “His wife came home early and nearly caught him with his pants down!”
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What is an idiom?
An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally. An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.
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