catch out

catch out
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, ↑discover, ↑notice
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody

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catch out [phrasal verb]
catch (someone) out chiefly Brit : to show that (someone) does not know something or is doing something bad

She loved catching teachers out by asking tough questions.

The police tried to catch him out in a lie.

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Main Entry:catch

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