Definition of catch out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

catch out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb Surprise
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to surprise somebody and put them in a difficult position Many investors were caught out by the fall in share prices. See related entries: Surprise
  2. 2to show that somebody does not know much or is doing something wrong They tried to catch her out with a difficult question. See related entries: Surprise
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: catch out