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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Both riders' legs were caught in the consequent squeeze, and, as Bob plunged ahead down hill, Dede was nearly scraped off.
Baptist High of North Hills and Pierce College, was caught in the middle of a stunning 31-30 home playoff loss Friday to La Quinta.
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.
With the quantity and quality of bass to be caught in Lake Champlain, it's going to be anybody's championship.
His first-quarter traveling violation set the tone for his game, though George was caught in a difficult match-up against Peja Stojakovic, an early league MVP candidate.
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.
He was caught in the middle of a firestorm of debate after the Infineon Raceway event in Sonoma, where Robby Gordon passed him under a caution flag and went on to win the race, thus breaking a gentlemen's agreement between drivers not to pass under yellow.
Immigrant officials and advocates for immigrants said the increase is largely spurred by a desire to show patriotism and, to a lesser extent, the fear of being caught in the federal dragnet for terrorists.
A ``coyote ugly'' person is one who is so physically ghastly that, upon waking up hungover with him or her asleep on your arm, you would gladly gnaw that appendage off - like a coyote caught in a trap - to escape rather than awaken or have to speak to that monstrosity ever again.
The most superficially macho group member (who also discovers his gay inner child) becomes hysterical when caught in some brambles.
2) Now that home-improvement season is in full swing, mistakes to avoid include using a power saw on a ladder, wearing long sleeves and a necklace that can get caught in power tools, leaving safety goggles around the neck but not over the eyes and using an unsafe extension cord.