catch out

catch out
transitive verb Date: 1804 1. to detect in error or wrongdoing <
caught him out committing perjury
2. to take unawares or by surprise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • catch out — ► catch out Brit. 1) discover that (someone) has done something wrong. 2) take unawares: you might get caught out by the weather. Main Entry: ↑catch …   English terms dictionary

  • catch out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms catch out : present tense I/you/we/they catch out he/she/it catches out present participle catching out past tense caught out past participle caught out British 1) to show that someone has made a mistake or is …   English dictionary

  • catch out — verb trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act He was caught out She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks • Syn: ↑find out • Hypernyms: ↑detect, ↑observe, ↑find, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch out — PHRASAL VERB To catch someone out means to cause them to make a mistake that reveals that they are lying about something, do not know something, or cannot do something. [mainly BRIT] [V n P prep] Detectives followed him for months hoping to catch …   English dictionary

  • catch out — v. trap a person in error, catch a person in wrongdoing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch out — to deplete the stock of fish in a body of water or in a population. See also fish out …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • catch out — verb a) To discover or expose as fake or insincere. b) To put a batsman out by catching the batted ball before it touches the ground …   Wiktionary

  • Catch out — 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • catch out — Australian Slang 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise …   English dialects glossary

  • catch out —  Discover in a mistake …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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