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adv. & adj.
In the act of committing something wrong.
[Earlier red-hand, with the hands red (from blood).]
(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)]
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"|