Definition of gotcha in English:
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.
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North American An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
- 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.
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