taken/caught short

Definition of taken/caught short

British, informal

  1. :  suddenly needing to use a toilet when there is no toilet available

Word by Word Definitions

taken
  1. : past participle oftake

caughtplay
  1. : past tense and past participle ofcatch

  1. :  pregnant

shortplay
  1. :  having little length

    :  not tall or high :  low

    :  not extended in time :  brief

  1. :  in a curt manner

    :  for or during a brief time

    :  at a disadvantage :  unawares

  1. :  the sum and substance :  upshot

    :  a short syllable

    :  a short sound or signal

  1. :  short-circuit

    :  shortchange, cheat

    :  to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices


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