[ red-han-did ]
/ ˈrɛdˈhæn dɪd /

adjective, adverb

in the very act of a crime, wrongdoing, etc., or in possession of self-incriminating evidence: They caught him red-handed dipping into the till.

Origin of red-handed

First recorded in 1810–20

Related forms

red-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for red-handed



(postpositive) in the act of committing a crime or doing something wrong or shameful (esp in the phrase catch red-handed)

Derived Forms

red-handedly, adverbred-handedness, noun

Word Origin for red-handed

C19 (earlier, C15 red hand)
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