catch out


caught out; catching out; catches out

transitive verb

: to detect in error or wrongdoing
caught him out committing perjury
: to take unawares or by surprise

Examples of catch out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past year, aircraft around the world have also been caught out by super strong winds and have even been struck by lightning. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 11 June 2024 Many people don't think about it until the time arrives, but knowing what to do if caught out on the road during these storms is important. Mark Debruyckere, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2024 He has been caught out wide in two of his past three races but still closed well down the stretch. Liam Durbin, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2024 Rasmus Andersson scored off his own rebound at the 5:35 mark of the second as some Sharks players were caught out on the ice for over a minute. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 Noted amateur photographer and editing experimenter Kate Middleton has been caught out again—this time for a picture that was released nearly a year ago. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 19 Mar. 2024 On Wednesday, Yastrzemski accelerated his throwing program, playing catch out to 200 feet. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 At too many times has he been caught out in the past and looked vulnerable when in one-on-one situations, but since his loan spell in Italy, Dalot looks a player transformed with far more confidence in the duels and awareness when defending his back post. Liam Canning, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Many people don't think about it until the time comes, but knowing what to do if caught out on the road during heavy rainfall is crucial. The Arizona Republic, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of catch out was in 1759

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Cite this Entry

“Catch out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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