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. He worked faithfully in the harness, for the toil had become a delight to him; yet it was a greater delight slyly to precipitate a fight amongst his mates and tangle the traces.
The man's caught red-handed. How he could be such a fool beats me!"
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.
Summary: Nangloi (Delhi) [India], Sep 3 (ANI): Two bike-borne chain snatchers were caught red-handed by a woman and her daughter in Delhi's Nangloi on Tuesday.
A male student was caught red-handed inside the girls hostel of Multan's Bahauddin Zakaria University who had concealed his identity by wearing a burqa (veil).
An adolescent boy was lynched to death by so-called civilised citizens of Karachi who was caught red-handed stealing their valuables.
GUJRANWALA -- Two officials were caught red-handed by Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) while taking bribe here on Wednesday.
Therefore it is not surprising, presently, one lady is a minister in the federal government though she was rusticated in the plus two examinations in Waling when she was caught red-handed while cheating.
A PROLIFIC thief has been jailed after being caught red-handed stealing from unlocked cars by police in Gateshead.
PESHAWAR -- Peshawar Electricity Company (PESCO) Gulbahar sub division teams have caught red-handed a private electrician busy in tempering meters and registered FIR against him.