a. 1.Having hands red with blood; in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands; - said of a person taken in the act of homicide; hence, fresh from the commission of crime; as, he was taken red-hand or red-handed.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"Huck Finn the Red-Handed, and Joe Harper the Terror of the Seas." Tom had furnished these titles, from his favorite literature.
Finn the Red-Handed had stolen a skillet and a quan- tity of half-cured leaf tobacco, and had also brought a few corn-cobs to make pipes with.
The Red-Handed made no response, being better employed.
The pipe dropped from the fingers of the Red-Handed, and he slept the sleep of the conscience-free and the weary.
"I once thought of calling myself Red-handed Jack," he said diffidently.
At the beginning of the war we'd catch them absolutely red-handed. All they had to do was to surrender to the civil authorities, and we had a city magistrate looking up statutes to see how to deal with them."
Here, too, were many of that old, proscribed, nameless, red-handed clan of the Macgregors.
I say, we went over, but I was pushed over by Pumblechook, exactly as if I had that moment picked a pocket or fired a rick; indeed, it was the general impression in Court that I had been taken red-handed, for, as Pumblechook shoved me before him through the crowd, I heard some people say, "What's he done?" and others, "He's a young 'un, too, but looks bad, don't he?
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A MAN has been caught red-handed bribing a public official, revealed the Interior Ministry in a statement yesterday.
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