catch sb out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"catch sb out" in British English

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catch sb out

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

catch sb out (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.

catch sb out (TRICK)

to ​trick someone into making a ​mistake: The ​examiner will ​try to ​catch you out, so ​staycalm and ​thinkcarefully before you ​speak.

catch sb out (CAUSE DIFFICULTY)

to put someone in a ​difficultsituation: A lot of ​people were ​caught out by the ​suddenchange in the ​weather.
(Definition of catch sb out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catch sb out" in Business English

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catch sb out

phrasal verb with catch uk   us   /kætʃ/ verb [T] (caught, caught)
to unexpectedly cause difficulty for someone: The ​interestrate is very ​competitive and ​fixed for the ​term, so borrowers won't get ​caught out by ​risinginterestrates.
(Definition of catch sb out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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