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gotcha Syllabification: got·cha
Pronunciation: /ˈɡäCHə/

Definition of gotcha in English:


I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults).
Example sentences
  • 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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North American An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
Example sentences
  • 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.


1930s: representing a pronunciation.

Words that rhyme with gotcha

botcher, top-notcher, watcher, wotcha
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