catch (someone or something) in (something)

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catch (someone or something) in (something)

1. To physically ensnare or capture someone in something, such as a trap. After catching that raccoon in a trap, we set him free far from our house.
2. To see, and perhaps apprehend, someone in the act of doing something (often something nefarious). I can't believe I caught my sweet little girl in a lie!
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catch someone or something in something

to trap someone or something in something. We caught David in the snare by accident. My platoon was caught in an enemy ambush.
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References in classic literature ?
Both riders' legs were caught in the consequent squeeze, and, as Bob plunged ahead down hill, Dede was nearly scraped off.
He was carrying pounds 2,450 in cash when he was eventually caught in Aberystwyth and drove a car bought for pounds 1,900 with the proceeds of crime, Swansea Crown Court was told.
And if some civilians get caught in the crossfire, well, war is hell.
In actuality, most of the people caught in this tangle are like the Manalastas family, who were allowed to remain in the U.
Cardenas and thousands of other Latinos are caught in the maelstrom of anti-immigrant sentiment, which has cycled through our history for more than a century.