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be caught napping

To have one's inattention (or, sometimes, literal sleep) exploited or capitalized on by someone else. The other team scored because our defense was caught napping.
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be caught napping

If someone is caught napping, they suffer a disadvantage by not being prepared for something when it happens. The security services were clearly caught napping and their response was therefore inadequate. European firms have been caught napping. As a result, they barely control one-tenth of the world market. Note: `Napping' means the same as sleeping or dozing.
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However, the home side were caught napping early in the middle period and Matt Haywood raced clear to equalise.
Two minutes later, the Wanderers were again caught napping by a quick throw-in and Chris Weightman finished off the move.
Henry opened the scoring in the final with a powerful strike, but Park were caught napping when Chloe Johnson equalised with two minutes to go.
Ramos was quickly out of the dugout to give Young-Pyo Lee and Younes Kaboul a piece of his mind after the pair were caught napping, still complaining the ball had gone out of touch.
Stratford were caught napping at the start of the second period, going behind on 49 minutes as Hicks failed to clear and from Nicky Harrison's mishit shot the unmarked Lee Bullimore made no mistake from close in.
He helped Lee Unsworth's cross into the back of the net as Chester were caught napping in defence.
The hosts were caught napping as Old Pens ran in a converted consolation try.
Eddie Smith converted Asipito's try made by Connett's lineout steal and put over two penalties after Dalrymple slotted his second penalty to leave DK 18-13 ahead until they caught napping at the death by a quickly taken lineout from which McCallum got his second try and Dalrymple kicked the winning conversion.
Celebs are rarely caught napping when it comes to publicity.
His charges were caught napping from a Longford throw-in on the left which picked out O'Connor who drilled a low drive to the bottom corner of the net.
Matthews bagged his first on 61 minutes and made the game safe just two minutes later from a superb Ryan Hall through ball, as the Nostell defence was caught napping once again.
Britain's women's volleyball coach Audrey Cooper will have her players burning the midnight oil to ensure they aren't caught napping at the Olympics.
The Republic of Ireland centre-back was caught napping on 17 minutes by Joe Mason who tucked in the opener.
BATH were also caught napping when ULSTER snatched a 22-18 win despite having trailed by 12 points.
Colchester forced three corners without reward before the home defence was caught napping for O'Toole to score.