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catch sb out

informal
phrasal verb with catch uk   us   /kætʃ/ verb (caught, caught)

(SHOW WRONG)

to show that someone is doing wrong: I suspected he wasn't telling me the truth, and one day I caught him out when I found some letters he'd written.

(TRICK)

to trick someone into making a mistake: The examiner will try to catch you out, so stay calm and think carefully before you speak.

(CAUSE DIFFICULTY)

to put someone in a difficult situation: A lot of people were caught out by the sudden change in the weather.
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