(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
More example sentences
- 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.