caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

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caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

To have been caught in the act or attempt of some wrongdoing, especially one involving bribery or the illicit exploitation of one's position of power or authority. The senator was long accused of insider trading, and he was finally caught with his hand in the cookie jar when his conversation with a Wall Street executive was leaked to the media.
See also: caught, cookie, hand, jar
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THE photograph perfectly captured the real Chuck Quackenbush - the insurance commissioner's bottom lip was pooched straight up, his eyes cold and defiant, in the exact manner of a cranky, pouty child who has just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and been scolded: Didn't I just tell you you couldn't have any cookies?
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