gotcha

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noun got·cha \ˈgä-chə\

Definition of gotcha

  1. :  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

  1. The program has a few gotchas in store for unsuspecting computer users.

  2. <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

gotcha

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noun got·cha \ˈgä-chə\

Definition of gotcha for English Language Learners

  • : an unexpected problem or usually unpleasant surprise



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