One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults)
- ‘A couple of death penalty opponents framing an innocent person just so they can say ‘Aha, gotcha!’’
- ‘I found myself chuckling, as if she had just said something funny, or as if a friend we hadn't seen in a long time had just played a silly joke on us, ha ha, gotcha.’
- ‘They change the number at random intervals and if you miss a sign, bingo - gotcha!’
- ‘‘Okay - gotcha, twenty four,’ said Ron, repeating the hand signal to the lady to much all round nodding.’
- ‘So you want the ultimate gag gift, the perfect way to say, ‘ha ha, gotcha, sucker!’’
An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
- ‘Most of the gotchas are related to the geography and to the cultural difference…’
- ‘But the scheduling of the vote is also a way of Republican Party leaders playing gotcha with Democrats, forcing them to go on the record in time for the fall campaign.’
- ‘They're silly little gotchas, many of which don't even make any sense.’
- ‘If so, it will disappoint a lot of people because I think lay persons tend to look at that as kind of piling on - kind of a game of gotcha.’
- ‘But more importantly, traditional TV gotchas are the reverse of this.’
- ‘Stand provides a detailed rebuttal of the various claims (same url as before), but there are a couple of gotchas that particularly interest us.’
- ‘I thought there was a lack of zingers and, you know, the kind of gotchas that's sometimes characterize these debates.’
- ‘Certainly Dionne, preoccupied as he is with his game of gotcha, makes no effort to refute it.’
- ‘The chorus of gotchas and the echoes of laughter I hear this morning are making my head hurt.’
- ‘It's hard to say it's deliberate, but they're undefined, and you can't do that game of gotcha, saying, ah-ha, in 1986 you voted for such and such.’
- ‘And television, devoted to keeping the race close so viewers would keep watching, cunningly deployed a series of gotchas meant to drive down the numbers of whichever guy seemed to be gaining.’
- ‘My point isn't the usual hypocrisy gotcha, though that's certainly worth pointing out.’
- ‘So maybe he feels like the more he comes out there, it's just a game of gotcha, and they're just going to find something he says anyway.’
- ‘Some of the commenters responding to Ann think the test is a typical bunch of manipulative rhetorical gotchas from people who think they know better.’
- ‘A depressing trend in cinema of late has been the gotcha!’
- ‘It's an insidious game of gotcha that attempts to destroy the private lives of celebrities.’
- ‘‘This is not a game of gotcha,’ the senator said.’
1930s: representing a pronunciation.
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