caught red-handed


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caught red-handed

Discovered in the act of committing a crime or doing something wrong; from the idea of a murderer’s hands being stained red with blood.
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He was caught red-handed, lyin' on the body of a scab he beat to death.
Francois knew he was behind all the trouble, and Buck knew he knew; but Buck was too clever ever again to be caught red-handed.
The victim was a popular actress; the accused was a popular actor; and the accused had been caught red-handed, as it were, by the most popular soldier of the patriotic season.
One night it chanced that while Jack Duane was drilling a safe in a clothing store he was caught red-handed by the night watchman, and turned over to a policeman, who chanced to know him well, and who took the responsibility of letting him make his escape.
On a tip-off, a PFA team led by Additional Director General (Operations) Rafia Haider raided the factory and caught red-handed workers while preparing adulterated products.
KARACHI -- A 60-year-old man was caught red-handed by a crowd of people in the Sher Shah locality following screaming and shouting by a minor girl, who the man was allegedly attempting to assault and kidnap.
Toquero has already grabbed one TAG Heuer wristwatch worth P75,000; one gold Citizen Men's wristwatch worth P3,000; and one Caite wristwatch worth P1,500 when Villacarlos caught red-handed, the police report showed.
Asif Zardari has gone through every kind of accountability and has come out clean, whereas Sharif brothers have been caught red-handed stealing from the national kitty, he added.
The officials informed that the two suspects were caught red-handed Wednesday night, adding that the suspects had installed a smuggling device at an ATM on Karachi's Abdullah Haroon Road.
Summary: Baripada (Odisha) [India] Jan 11 (ANI): Three miscreants, including a girl, were thrashed by the masses at Odisha's Baripada after being caught red-handed with 34 different ATM cards with a mala fide intention in a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM.
Summary: The woman was caught red-handed while she was trapping another victim.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) steward Mohammad Shoaib, who was caught red-handed while smuggling, has been set free by the inquiry committee after being fined only Rs20,000.