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 of gotcha from the Web
And his attacks have spawned a cottage industry of Trump supporters who have declared a digital war of sorts against CNN, including gotcha videos of network employees and threatening messages sent to anchors’ cellphones.
In essence, the courts were playing gotcha with the President—accusing him of saying one thing in public while his Administration was saying something else in court.
This can feel like a gotcha for customers who are not fully aware of how roaming works.
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Origin and Etymology of gotcha
alteration of got you
First Known Use: 1974See Words from the same year
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Definition of gotcha for English Language Learners
: an unexpected problem or usually unpleasant surprise
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