caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

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caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

To have been caught in the act or attempt of some wrongdoing, especially one involving bribery or the illicit exploitation of one's position of power or authority. The senator was long accused of insider trading, and he was finally caught with his hand in the cookie jar when his conversation with a Wall Street executive was leaked to the media.
See also: caught, cookie, hand, jar
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If they hadn't been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they would all still be at it - but worse.
I know you usually hear this excuse from politicians who have just been caught with their hands in the cookie jar or with a high-priced companion; but, in this instance, spending time with my family is my true reason, ok maybe a little fishing as well."
NOW our MPs have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, with the expenses fiasco, they seem to be breaking their necks to say how sorry they are.
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