(also gotcher) informal
I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults).
- They change the number at random intervals and if you miss a sign, bingo - gotcha!
- A couple of death penalty opponents framing an innocent person just so they can say ‘Aha, gotcha!’
- ‘Okay - gotcha, twenty four,’ said Ron, repeating the hand signal to the lady to much all round nodding.
1North American An instance of catching someone out or exposing them to ridicule.
- And television, devoted to keeping the race close so viewers would keep watching, cunningly deployed a series of gotchas meant to drive down the numbers of whichever guy seemed to be gaining.
- Some of the commenters responding to Ann think the test is a typical bunch of manipulative rhetorical gotchas from people who think they know better.
- I thought there was a lack of zingers and, you know, the kind of gotchas that's sometimes characterize these debates.
2North American A sudden unforeseen problem.
- Businesses are rushing to adopt this technology, but as with most new technologies, there are several security-related gotchas.
- On that note, there are a few gotchas worth mentioning.
- And there are remedies for all the interval gotchas mentioned above - or at least strategies for coping with them.
1930s: representing a pronunciation.
Words that rhyme with gotchabotcher, top-notcher, watcher, wotcha
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