with (one's) pants down

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with (one's) pants down

Describing someone whose secret has been revealed or who has been caught doing something they wanted to keep hidden. Boy, that politician totally got caught with his pants down when that surveillance footage showed him stealing money.
See also: down, pant
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with (one's) pants down

Slang
In an embarrassing position.
See also: down, pant
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"We don't want to be caught with our pants down." The NCRPO asked the public to report suspicious-looking individuals or baggage to the nearest police station.
Cooper was talking and asking him why, after Pearl [Harbor], didn't the Japanese go and invade California such as they caught us with our pants down. The Japanese officer remembered that they had thought of that, but he commented on the fact that most American homes had some sort of firearm and they held competitions of shooting skills.
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.
"The media had written off the Scots in the summer and maybe on the day they caught us with our pants down. This time we'll expect anything.
"We've been caught with our pants down and there's not much we can do apart from grit out teeth and pay out."
MOST of us have been caught with our pants down at one time or another.
But then, for a second, let's pretend we're not up in the tree fort with our pants down. Let's pretend we're aliens in outer space, and are using a copy of Prince's Adult Comedy Action Drama as a travel guide for an upcoming Earth visit.
It's not one we're going to throw loads and loads of money at and then get caught with our pants down. It's a plan which we've all stuck to."