catch out

verb
caught out; catching out; catches out

Definition of catch out

transitive verb

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

First Known Use of catch out

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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