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Meaning of “gotcha” in the English Dictionary

"gotcha" in British English

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gotchaexclamation

uk   /ˈɡɒtʃ.ə/  us   /ˈɡɑːtʃ-/ slang
said to ​mean "I have got you" in ​order to ​surprise or ​frighten someone you have ​caught, or to show that you have an ​advantage over them
(Definition of gotcha from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gotcha" in American English

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gotchaexclamation

 us   /ˈɡɑtʃ·ə/ not standard
(​spelled the way it is often ​spoken) got you: "Gotcha (= ​caught you), you little ​thief!" she ​cried, as I ​tried to ​snatch a ​cookie from the ​table. Gotcha also ​means I ​understand what you are ​trying to say: "So be ​sure you get here by three." "Gotcha."
(Definition of gotcha from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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