One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state.
- ‘Arrogance and complacency has cost them dearly as the market has moved on and they have been caught with their pants down.’
- ‘I mean, I knew the guy was a rotten apple, I knew what he was up to, and he still managed to catch me with my pants down because I simply didn't pay attention at the right time… ah, figuratively speaking, of course.’
- ‘I could not believe the irony of the fact that for our one and only sighting of this most secretive of creatures I had been caught with my pants down, both metaphorically and literally speaking.’
- ‘In Australia we were caught with our pants down when our nurses began to strike.’
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