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adv. & adj.
In the act of committing something wrong.
[Earlier red-hand, with the hands red (from blood).]
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(postpositive) in the act of committing a crime or doing something wrong or shameful (esp in the phrase catch red-handed)
[C19 (earlier, C15 red hand)]
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in the very act of a crime, wrongdoing, etc., or in possession of self-incriminating evidence.
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|Adj.||1.||red-handed - in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act; "caught red-handed"|
guilty - responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; "guilty of murder"; "the guilty person"; "secret guilty deeds"
|Adv.||1.||red-handed - doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible; "he was caught red-handed"|
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adjective in the act, with your pants down (U.S. slang), (in) flagrante delicto, with your fingers or hand in the till (informal), bang to rights (slang) My boyfriend and I robbed a store and were caught red-handed.
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red-handed[ˈredˈhændɪd] ADJ to catch sb red-handed → pillar or coger or (LAm) agarrar a algn con las manos en la masa
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
red-handed[ˌrɛdˈhændɪd] adj to catch sb red-handed → prendere qn con le mani nel sacco, cogliere qn in flagrante
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