be caught short


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be caught short

 
1. (British & Australian informal) to have a sudden urgent need to go to the toilet You should go to the toilet before you leave. You don't want to be caught short on the journey.
2. (American & Australian informal) to suddenly find you are not prepared for a situation, especially to be without money when you need it I'm caught short. Can you you lend me some money so I can pay for my lunch?
See also: caught, short