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English Idiom of the Day – To Get Caught Red-Handed
Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 08:04 AM
A person who is caught red-handed is discovered in the middle of committing a crime or doing something wrong. It is usually related to stealing but can also be used by a parent who finds their child eating their way through a box of chocolates.
Example: He tried to steal from the shop but he was caught red-handed.
Did you know...? This idiom originated in the 14th century when the act of killing another man's animal and selling the meat was a common crime. If a person was caught with the blood of a freshly killed animal on their hands this was considered proof of their guilt.