Idiom – Caught red-handed

  • Idiom – Caught red-handed
  • Meaning – To be caught in the act. To be found doing something wrong or illegal. If you are caught red-handed you are caught with the evidence of your wrongdoings for all to see.
  • According to The Phrase Finder this expression relates to murderers or poachers (a poacher is someone who hunts illegally) being caught with blood on their hands. Blood is  – of course – red.
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • Discussing a thief being caught with the stolen goods.
  • Catching somebody in the act of committing a crime.
  • Discussing a cheating partner being caught in the act of being unfaithful.
  • Catching a student obviously cheating in an exam.
Example:
  • “The police found him leaving the bank with big bag of stolen money. He was caught red-handed!”
In The News:

Police appeal to trace burglar caught red-handed by Bath resident

Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
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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