Definition of catch out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

catch out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    catch somebody out

     
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  1. 1to surprise someone and put them in a difficult position Many investors were caught out by the fall in share prices.
  2. 2to show that someone does not know much or is doing something wrong They tried to catch her out with a difficult question.
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