- To catch someone out means to cause them to make a mistake that reveals that they are lying about something, do not know something, or cannot do something. [mainly BRIT]
[V n P prep] Detectives followed him for months hoping to catch him out in some deception...
[V n P prep] He did not like to be caught out on details...
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catch out — ► catch out Brit. 1) discover that (someone) has done something wrong. 2) take unawares: you might get caught out by the weather. Main Entry: ↑catch … English terms dictionary
catch out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms catch out : present tense I/you/we/they catch out he/she/it catches out present participle catching out past tense caught out past participle caught out British 1) to show that someone has made a mistake or is … English dictionary
catch out — verb trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act He was caught out She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks • Syn: ↑find out • Hypernyms: ↑detect, ↑observe, ↑find, ↑ … Useful english dictionary
catch out — v. trap a person in error, catch a person in wrongdoing … English contemporary dictionary
catch out — transitive verb Date: 1804 1. to detect in error or wrongdoing < caught him out committing perjury > 2. to take unawares or by surprise … New Collegiate Dictionary
catch out — to deplete the stock of fish in a body of water or in a population. See also fish out … Dictionary of ichthyology
catch out — verb a) To discover or expose as fake or insincere. b) To put a batsman out by catching the batted ball before it touches the ground … Wiktionary
Catch out — 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise … Dictionary of Australian slang
catch out — Australian Slang 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise … English dialects glossary
catch out — Discover in a mistake … A concise dictionary of English slang