catch someone with their pants down
To find someone in the wrong with no possibility of evasion; catch someone in flagrante delicto: Every time someone catches us with our pants down, catches us in an outright lie, up pops Ron to admit it/ The insensitive, bumbling male senators caught with their political pants down suggested a watershed in American politics (1920s+)
a large cross-stitch used in finishing seams and in hemming.
- Catch the drift
see: get the drift
- Catch the wave
catch the wave verb phrase To seize an opportunity; take advantage of present trends: Television is the central fact of political life: deal with it or die—catch the wave [1990s+; fr surfing, with a possible echo of Hamlet : ”There is a tide in the affairs of men/ Which, taken at the flood, leads on […]
an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay: After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production. an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest. an instance of catching up. intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: a […]