Definition of gotcha
: an unexpected usually disconcerting challenge, revelation, or catch; also : an attempt to embarrass, expose, or disgrace someone (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
Origin and Etymology of gotcha
alteration of got you
First Known Use: 1974
GOTCHA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gotcha for English Language Learners
: an unexpected problem or usually unpleasant surprise
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