informal Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state: it’s a wonder the government hasn’t been caught with its pants down
More example sentences
- In Australia we were caught with our pants down when our nurses began to strike.
- I mean, I knew the guy was a rotten apple, I knew what he was up to, and he still managed to catch me with my pants down because I simply didn't pay attention at the right time… ah, figuratively speaking, of course.
- I could not believe the irony of the fact that for our one and only sighting of this most secretive of creatures I had been caught with my pants down, both metaphorically and literally speaking.