Meaning of “catch sb on the hop” in the English Dictionary

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"catch sb on the hop" in British English

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catch sb on the hop

UK informal

to do something when someone is not ready for it and is not able to deal with it:

I'm afraid you've caught me on the hop - I wasn't expecting you until next week.

(Definition of “catch sb on the hop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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