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Catch someone with their pants down

catch someone with their pants down

verb phrase

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+)


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