red-handed


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red-hand·ed

(rĕd′hăn′dĭd)
adv. & adj.
In the act of committing something wrong.

[Earlier red-hand, with the hands red (from blood).]

red′-hand′ed·ly adv.

red-handed

adj
(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)]
ˌred-ˈhandedly adv
ˌred-ˈhandedness n

red′-hand′ed



adj., adv.
in the very act of a crime, wrongdoing, etc., or in possession of self-incriminating evidence.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"

red-handed

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.
Translations

red-handed

[ˈredˈhændɪd] ADJ to catch sb red-handedpillar or coger or (LAm) agarrar a algn con las manos en la masa

red-handed

[ˌrɛdˈhændɪd] adj to catch sb red-handedprendere qn con le mani nel sacco, cogliere qn in flagrante
References in classic literature ?
Huck Finn the Red-Handed, and Joe Harper the Terror of the Seas.
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.
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?
Meanwhile, Kandhkot police have nabbed five gamblers red-handed from a den.
After CPEC, a large number of Chinese have arrived in Karachi and some have been caught involved in illegal activities red-handed by the police.
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.
The Manshera police informed that following the orders of district police officer police conducted a campaign against drugs dealers in all over the district, and recovered more than 15 kilogram Hashish and arrested several drug dealers and traffickers red-handed.