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.
Also, naughty Robert is caught in the act when Steve and Tim spy him in the pub garden with his mistress Vicky.
Motorists were also caught in mess on Lahore-Kasur Road, Lahore-Jaranwala Road, Lahore-Gujranwala Road, and Lahore-Multan Road.
A 22-year-old Briton and a 27-year-old Polish national were also arrested in Paphos yesterday, after they were caught in possession of e1/4225 in notes and e1/4220 in coins, believed to have been stolen from the Veronica Hotel's billiard table.
During 2007, only 25 percent of tagged smallmouth bass and 12.7 percent of largemouth bass were recaptured within a mile of Ames Farm Inn and none were caught in that range in 2008.
American Iron's Parks says in one instance a would-be thief was caught in the company's yard and asked if he could take the material because "he worked so hard to get it."
TWO of the biggest brown trout ever caught in Britain have been landed on Llyn Brenig over the past couple of weeks.
Mark Leo, 25, faces five years' jail if caught in a car park between now and 2008 under the antisocial behaviour order imposed by Wolverhampton magistrates.
He was caught in Aberystwyth, west Wales, in September after a local cleric reported him to police after growing suspicious.
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.
In this vein, a pilot program initiated by the state of Virginia in November 1996 coordinates INS raids with the state Social Services Department, with the aim of replacing undocumented workers caught in raids with welfare-to-work participants.
"In 1995, illegal catches accounted for 90 percent of all sturgeon caught in the north Caspian Sea basin," she says.
And if some civilians get caught in the crossfire, well, war is hell.
He said that Sharif brothers had been caught in corruption cases.