caught short

caught short

1. slang Unprepared for a certain situation, often one involving money. I was caught short at the restaurant, so I had to borrow money from my mom.
2. slang Pregnant when one is not married. I think that Heather has missed so much school because she's caught short.
3. slang Having an urgent need to use the toilet. I always go to the bathroom before a long drive, to avoid being caught short.
See also: caught, short

caught short

 
1. left without any money temporarily. I'm caught a little short. Can I borrow a few bucks?
2. pregnant and unmarried. Both of Jane's sisters got caught short before they graduated high school.
See also: caught, short

caught short

Found to be lacking something one needs, especially money, as in Can you pay the check? I seem to be caught short. This idiom uses short in the sense of "lacking money," a usage dating from the early 1500s.
See also: caught, short
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Commuters caught short at Aberdeen's train station will now have to spend 50p to use the toilet, while they have been made free in the Central Belt.
DJ GREG James has admitted his most humilating moment ever was getting caught short on a train journey.
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Now the Wales prop plans to take off with the Six Nations title and ensure his Grand Slam ambitions are not caught short when Ireland arrive in Cardiff on Saturday.
Mohammed Zeb was caught short by The Albert pub after missing the bus back to Bradford.
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Defence solicitor Robert Vickery said Fleming, who had been a drug user, was caught short and trapped in a lounge because of a problem with the lock.
Recently, it has issued its annual report titled 'Caught Short,' which reveals the world's worst places in terms of children's physical growth and cognitive development.
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AMSTERDAM -- If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace.
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There are lots of fast food restaurants - if you're caught short, use their facilities.