got·​cha | \ ˈgä-chə How to pronounce gotcha (audio) \

Definition of gotcha

: an unexpected usually disconcerting challenge, revelation, or catch also : an attempt to embarrass, expose, or disgrace someone (such as a politician) with a gotcha

Examples of gotcha in a Sentence

The program has a few gotchas in store for unsuspecting computer users. the gotcha in the low monthly rate quoted by the cable company is that it is a teaser and good for only six months
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, there should have been more than one gotcha. al, 30 June 2021 Overdraft fees remain a moneymaking machine for banks and a devastating financial gotcha for poor families and communities of color. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 Quite a few people flagged her tweet as a gotcha, but there was nothing surprising about it. Kyle Smith, National Review, 25 Jan. 2021 While the Thelio is a powerful machine that can hold its own against the Mac Pro, the gotcha for creative professionals is that Adobe's photo- and video-editing software does not support Linux, the operating system that ships with it. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 14 Dec. 2020 Anti-American nihilism and hopeless racial cynicism give the show its gotcha. Armond White, National Review, 26 Aug. 2020 Naturally, anti-penny campaigners use this as a fundamental gotcha. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2020 Claire and Jack rush into her home office expecting something awful, but gotcha! Jean Bentley,, 4 May 2020 Yet, when the political media isn’t preoccupied with a gotcha du jour, pundits, partisans, and journalists have seemed downright giddy to let their minions know that the United States now has the most coronavirus cases in the world. David Harsanyi, National Review, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gotcha

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gotcha

alteration of got you

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“Gotcha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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