be caught with (one's) trousers down

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be caught with (one's) trousers down

To be taken by surprise; to be caught in a vulnerable (often embarrassing) position or situation. When the boss started firing questions at me, I was caught with my trousers 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 were caught with our trousers down.
See also: caught, down, trouser
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Plenty have gone because they were caught with their trousers down, but you have to go back to Lord Carrington's departure from the Foreign Office at the start of the Falklands war in 1982 to find anything resembling the behaviour of Mr Nitish Kumar.