Catch them with their pants down - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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catch (one) with (one's) pants down
To encounter or catch one by surprise in a vulnerable and often embarrassing position or situation. Thanks to that anonymous tip, we were able to catch the drug smugglers with their pants down—right when they were making the exchange. Jeff was caught with his pants down when he came to the meeting without having read the brief and the boss started firing questions at him.
catch (one) with one's pants down
Fig. to discover someone in the act of doing something that is normally private or hidden. (Literal uses are possible.) Some council members were using tax money as their own. But the press caught them with their pants down and now the district attorney will press charges.
catch someone with their pants (or trousers) down catch someone in an unprepared state or sexually compromising situation. informal
catch somebody with their ˈpants down (British English also catch somebody with their ˈtrousers down) (informal) find or trap somebody when they are unprepared or not paying attention: After the devastating attack on its military bases, the country was determined not to be caught with its pants down a second time.
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When Wigan, Hull and Leeds return to the UK, opponents Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings will be lying in wait hoping to catch them with their pants down
in the next round of Super League
I didn't think we'd catch them with their pants down
again - but we were in the game for the first 50 minutes.
You would nearly have to catch them with their pants down
- and accepting money," he said.