American Idioms and Expressions

Catch (someone) Red Handed Idiom

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catch (someone) red-handed
What does catch (someone) red-handed mean?
to find someone in the middle of doing something wrongThe clerk caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing the candy.

catch up with (someone or something)

- to become even with someone (in a race or in schoolwork etc.)I think that it is too late to catch up with the
catch (someone) red-handed
What does catch (someone) red-handed mean?
to catch someone in the act of doing something wrongThe teacher caught the boys red-handed when they wrote on the school wall.
catch (someone) red-handed
What does catch (someone) red-handed mean?
to catch someone in the middle of doing something wrongThe woman was caught red-handed when she tried to steal some cosmetics.

Some Random Idioms
Double Dutch
What does "Double Dutch" mean?
(UK) If something is double Dutch, it is completely incomprehensible.
at the end of one`s rope
What does "at the end of one`s rope" mean?
at the limit of one`s ability to cope or deal with something I am at the end of my rope about what to do about my problems at work.

white lie
What does "white lie" mean?
a harmless or small lie told to be polite or to avoid hurting someone's feelings I told my supervisor a white lie yesterday and said that I was sick when actually I was not.

put the cart before the horse
What does "put the cart before the horse" mean?
to do things in the wrong or usual orderI think that he is putting the cart before the horse to talk about remodeling the house before he even buys it.
gnash one's teeth
What does "gnash one's teeth" mean?
to grind one's teethI often gnash my teeth when I am sleeping.
clear the table
What does "clear the table" mean?
to remove the dishes and other eating utensils from a table after eating We had to clear the table before we could eat our dessert.

make ends meet
What does "make ends meet" mean?
be able to live on the money that one hasIt is hard to make ends meet on his salary.
see (something) out
What does "see (something) out" mean?
to finish something, to not quit doing somethingI decided to stay with my company in order to see out the restructuring process.
space out
What does "space out" mean?
be befuddled; become disoriented or disorganized
learn (something) from the bottom up
What does "learn (something) from the bottom up" mean?
learn something thoroughly from the beginningThe young man learned about the company from the bottom up before his father retired.

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