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

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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 This assumes subscribers are using the right kinds of phones — and that’s another gotcha, for now. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "T-Mobile rolls out 5G with statewide coverage but modest speed increases," 4 Dec. 2019 But the biggest gotcha is likely to be a detail that many consumers are overlooking in their eagerness to bank the payment: The pool of money to fund the payments is topped at $31 million. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Want that $125 from Equifax? Don't ignore the company's latest email," 10 Sep. 2019 The biggest gotcha that many businesses will need to overcome with cloud services is the reliance on outside connectivity—so the connection between your business and the Internet needs to be more robust than it would otherwise be. Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica, "“Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet," 10 Sep. 2019 The gotcha -- if it can be called such -- involves getting users to post a legalistic and bizarrely syntaxed copypasta that purports to prevent the tech giant from using one's content. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Rick Perry falls for social media hoax, then razzes himself by jokingly giving up rights to his dachshund Instas," 22 Aug. 2019 Carefully paced and totally harrowing, this one’s for fans of the slow burn who also pray to the horror gods for a gotcha from a demon. New York Times, "Summer Chills: A Horror Fan’s Guide to What to Watch Right Now," 15 Aug. 2019 These include the Latina Lesbians series, portraits paired with handwritten personal statements of strength and dignity, the best of which has the gotcha air of a Virginia Slims ad from the era. Lori Waxman,, "A Laura Aguilar retrospective gives turns an eye to her beautiful views of people outside the mainstream," 22 July 2019 But the biggest gotcha might be a small detail that's been overlooked by many consumers eager to bank an extra $125: The pool of money to fund the payments is topped at $31 million. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "That $125 payment from Equifax? You shouldn't count on it," 31 July 2019 In a movie world of bantamweight scares, designed primarily to get you to the next gotcha, writer-director Ari Aster is an outlier. Michael Phillips,, "‘Midsommar’ review: ‘Hereditary’ director follows up with a scary vacation trip," 25 June 2019

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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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The first known use of gotcha was in 1974

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“Gotcha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gotcha

US, informal : an unexpected problem or usually unpleasant surprise

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