catch out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] British
present tense
I/you/we/theycatch out
he/she/itcatches out
present participlecatching out
past tensecaught out
past participlecaught out
  1. 1
    to show that someone has made a mistake or is not telling the truth, especially by asking them questions

    He asked her casual questions to see if he could catch her out.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to put someone in an unpleasant or difficult situation that they are not prepared for

    They came close to being caught out by the weather during another climb on Mont Blanc.

  3. 3
    same as catch1
See also main entry: catch