from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb & adjective In the act of committing something wrong.
from The Century Dictionary.
- With red or bloody hands; hence, in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands: said originally of a person taken in the act of homicide, but extended figuratively to one caught in the perpetration of any crime: generally in the phrase to be taken red-handed.
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- adjective With clear evidence of guilt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act
- adverb doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Mr. Lipson opened his mouth to put in the caviar and stopped midbite as though I had caught him red-handed, eating my peers.
She caught students red-handed with their parts entwined frequently, and the rest of the student body talked about sex as if it was just as normal as attending a baseball game or playing video games.
And thanks for the French translations ... next time a customs official catches me red-handed with mon coupe menstruelle I'll know what to say!!
November 28th, 2009 6: 58 pm ET this is the biggest pay-2-play political scam ever .... and Newt was caught red-handed with his hand in the cookie jar .... who's next?
They were caught red-handed mucking up the "proof."
In a case of media behaving badly, the UK's News of the World--a newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the US's Fox News--ceased publication after being caught red-handed in an embarrassing scandal.
Many times it is ridiculous that a case even gets as far as a trial, because the accused was caught red-handed and is sure to be found guilty anyway.
These are his handpicked minions who got caught red-handed last week.
Even when caught red-handed by naval forces, 80% of pirates are released again to attack, Mr. Westgarth adds, citing figures compiled by the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, or Intertanko.
In 2007 Comcast was caught red-handed blocking people seeking to share files using the popular BitTorrent platform.