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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EAMONN FITZMAURICE is afraid his players might be caught short in Ennis.
ONE of Billy Connolly's greatest jokes was about incontinence pants that tied tightly at the ankles so the wearer could hit the disco and "care not a jot" if they got caught short.
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.
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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.
Rules for players include no urinating in public, with a 100-rupee fine - about PS1 - for anyone caught short.
It essentially becomes a wearable wallet, meaning if you forget your old fashioned leather alternative you won't be caught short when you head out the office for a power lunch.
There are lots of fast food restaurants - if you're caught short, use their facilities.
The study reckons almost half of all motorists overpay at car parking machines when they are caught short of change to avoid fines.
He found himself caught short and tried to find somewhere obscure to relieve himself.
The Samba Queens desperately sought an equaliser after the interval but were caught short by a rapid counter-attack which allowed Shinobu Ohno to seal Japan's 2-0 win and set up a semi-final meeting with France.
FRENCH film star Gerard Depardieu was kicked off a flight out of Paris after he was caught short as he waited for take-off and peed into a bottle.
The Tasmanian was caught short of his crease at the non-striker's end by a direct throw from Chris Mpofu from the boundary.
CLUBBERS caught short on Liverpool city centre streets this weekend were made to clean up their mess.
I parked in a disabled parking bay for approximately seven minutes as I had been caught short and had to go to the public toilets.