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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If they hadn't been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they would all still be at it - but worse.
NOW our MPs have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, with the expenses fiasco, they seem to be breaking their necks to say how sorry they are.
City Council and the community colleges got caught with their hands in the cookie jar (``Tax mailing raises tempers,'' Daily News, May 24).
Consumers will be caught with their hands in the cookie jar when Warner Home Video (WHV) and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) bake up "Martha's Favorite Cookies" on DVD November 7, 2006.