Definition of red-handed in English:

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red-handed

Pronunciation:

adjective

Used to indicate that a person has 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.
Synonyms
informal dead to rights
British informal bang to rights
with one's trousers down
North American informal with one's pants down

Words that rhyme with red-handed

backhanded, candid, candied, heavy-handed, high-handed, offhanded, short-handed, unbranded, underhanded
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