Definition of red-handed in English:



  • (of a person) having been discovered in or just after the act of doing something wrong or illegal.

    ‘I caught him red-handed, stealing a wallet’
    • ‘Eventually, Tina was caught red-handed on videotape clandestinely throwing objects.’
    • ‘Some have developed or perfected sophisticated skills to carry out corruption without being caught red-handed.’
    • ‘Burglars were caught red-handed surrounded by computers that they were intending to steal from a business.’
    • ‘The excitement of the weekend was catching a bicycle thief red-handed.’
    • ‘It seems a rare occasion to catch a thief red-handed.’
    • ‘He spends all of his waking hours hatching schemes to catch the thief red-handed.’
    • ‘Now police are deliberately ‘baiting’ cars in South Yorkshire in an attempt to catch the thieves red-handed.’
    • ‘Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.’
    • ‘Armed raiders were caught red-handed yesterday as they were about to carry out a heist on a security van.’
    • ‘The culprits, who were caught red-handed by police, caused £20,000 damage.’
    • ‘Armed robbers were caught red-handed yesterday as they were about to carry out a raid on a security van.’
    • ‘He could get caught red-handed in the most heinous of crimes and she would keep him out of jail.’
    • ‘His expression was that of a child who had been caught red-handed.’
    • ‘Short of being caught red-handed stealing clients' money, accountants were rarely disciplined.’
    • ‘But it was no teenage delinquent - the man caught red-handed was a 59-year-old university lecturer.’
    • ‘What could I say to defend myself when I had been caught red-handed?’
    • ‘Had someone called us when the raid was in progress, we could have caught them red-handed.’
    • ‘This might even help them if they accidentally get caught red-handed.’
    • ‘The 30-year-old man was caught red-handed by residents as he was about to make off with a stolen motorcycle.’
    • ‘A hoax caller was caught red-handed by firefighters after his phone led them to the pub where he was drinking.’
    in the act, with one's fingers in the till, with one's hand in the till
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/ˌred ˈhandəd//ˌrɛd ˈhændəd/