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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ENGLAND were caught with their pants down by Wales and left red-faced when they tried to blame the ref.
Johns Antigua), were literally caught with their pants down," Richards told Gulf News in an informal chat during his birthday bash in Dubai.
What is more sickening is that such perverts have no remorse even when caught with their pants down. Equally revolting are the increasing incidents of women falling prey to trolls and threats of sexual assaults and murder.
While the lords and ladies earn millions by the hour, the petty pushers who are their foot soldiers and aspiring to be just as rich are caught with their pants down, literally, whenever they are busted by police.
"We experienced that four years ago (by winning the series in Australia) where people decided to be critical and a lot of people got caught with their pants down afterwards, didn't they?
Malone went on to comment on the changes on the traditional publishing side: “In the ever-changing world of all aspects of publishing, because of the distribution model they've always used, the big publishers got caught with their pants down. Until the last few years, most books were still purchased through brick-and mortar stores.
AS THE flames of conflict engulfed region after region in the Middle East, and the once prosperous Eastern Ukraine became the centre of a likely new cold war, it would be fair to say world leaders like Obama and Cameron were caught with their pants down.
Indeed, the most unedifying sight in the whole thing was Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant and Max Mosley side by side complaining they'd been caught with their pants down.
Consequent to this, the Pakistani Army and the ISI were literally caught with their pants down, the author has noted.
Like many other footballers caught with their pants down, he tried to slap a worldwide gagging order on this paper.
CAUGHT with their pants down in a case related to the disappearance of seized drugs from its lockers, the Goa Police have invented an innovative excuse for the missing drugs.
However, it has recently come to pass that one of the most traditionally English of England's sporting clubs - Harlequins RUFC - have been 'caught with their pants down' and distinctly 'not playing the game'.
"The twist on this one is an American company is doing a British farce where everybody gets caught with their pants down."
Some of the big boys got caught with their pants down and would like to penalize all of us for their questionable business practices, but it isn't working.
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