Definition of red-handed in English:


Syllabification: red-hand·ed


  • (Of a person) having been discovered in or just after the act of doing something wrong or illegal: I caught him red-handed, stealing a wallet
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    • He spends all of his waking hours hatching schemes to catch the thief red-handed.
    • Armed robbers were caught red-handed yesterday as they were about to carry out a raid on a security van.
    • Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.
    in the act, with one's fingers/hand in the till, with one's hand in the cookie jar, in flagrante delicto
    informal with one's pants down

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