caught with (one's) pants down

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caught with (one's) pants down

Taken by surprise. Caught in a vulnerable (often embarrassing) position or situation. When the boss started firing questions at me, I was caught with my pants down and looked like a fool. I just hadn't considered all of those potential outcomes yet and didn't know what to say! We seriously underestimated our opponents on Saturday and totally got caught with our pants down.
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If we feel we're in the position to have an eye on Europe then we're going to get caught with our pants down on Friday.
Boss Warren Gatland warned: "We are in a good place but if we go there with the attitude of scoring 30 or 40 points we'll get caught with our pants down.
Paddy Power said yesterday: "The law of averages suggests that one day we're going to get caught with our pants down, and when we do there won''t be too many sympathetic shoulders to cry on.
We've been caught with our pants down and there's not much we can do apart from grit out teeth and pay out.
If we think we are doing well we may get caught with our pants down a little bit later on.
A lot of us got caught with our pants down," Reeves said.
We need to be proactive dealing with these issues instead of getting caught with our pants down,'' Yousefian said.
MOST of us have been caught with our pants down at one time or another.
Having relaxed our guard, hoping perhaps that the intellectual modes we sought to foster had passed into the common discourse of criticism, we are now caught with our pants down.
He said: "We have been guilty of starting slowly in the past so we have to make sure we don't get caught with our pants down.
In fairness we were probably over cautious in trading at the weekend as we got caught with our pants down on the West Ham game.
It's not one we're going to throw loads and loads of money at and then get caught with our pants down.
The law of averages suggests that one day we're going to be caught with our pants down, and when we do there won't be too many sympathetic shoulders to cry on