caught in the act


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caught in the act

Seen, and perhaps apprehended, while doing something (often something nefarious). Our security cameras caught the burglar in the act.
See also: act, caught

caught in the act

 and caught red-handed
Fig. seen doing something illegal or private. (See also catch someone in the act (of doing something) and catch someone red-handed.) Tom was caught in the act and cannot deny what he did. Many car thieves are caught red-handed.
See also: act, caught