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phrasal verb [transitive] British
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycatch out
he/she/itcatches out
present participlecatching out
past tensecaught out
past participlecaught out
  1. 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.

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