Definition of gotcha in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒtʃə
(also gotcher)


  • I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults).
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    • 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.


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  • 1North American An instance of catching someone out or exposing them to ridicule.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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