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[goch-uh] /ˈgɒtʃ ə/
Pronunciation Spelling. got you (usually used interjectionally). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gotcha
  • You've followed our advice, but somehow, they gotcha anyway.
  • He made a motion that he was going to touch gloves, but instead he unleashed a powerful left gotcha punch.
  • The gotcha there is that scientists still have a poor understanding of how the brain works fundamentally.
  • But politics, as practiced these days by politicians and polemical commentators, is one long trivial game of gotcha.
  • Its fine to ask questions, but this gotcha nonsense when portrayed as evidence of a lack of sincerity or intelligence is bs.
  • On the gotcha about comment censoring, this is a two way street.
  • gotcha, then it's a better case then, maybe winnable.
  • But your effort to play gotcha here is utterly transparent.
  • Research is conducted with an eye to gotcha politics.
Word Origin and History for gotcha

by 1913, colloquial pronunciation of "(I have) got you."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gotcha



Got you; caught you: a gotcha campaign

  1. A wound or injury, usually minor like a slight razor slice incurred while shaving: Remember the gotchas you got from that worn old wrench?
  2. A capture; a catch; an arrest: ''This is a gotcha,'' Johnson allegedly told Jaffee
  3. Gleeful and persistent faultfinding and personal recrimination, esp a particular fault loudly found: The Admissions office at Georgetown revealed that blacks on average had lower test scores. ''Gotcha!'' was the attitude among critics/ a gigantic game of ''gotcha,'' leading the Senate into what he described as ''uncharted waters'' (1980s+)

[fr got you]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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gotcha in Technology
jargon, programming
A misfeature of a system, especially a programming language or environment, that tends to breed bugs or mistakes because it both enticingly easy to invoke and completely unexpected and/or unreasonable in its outcome.
For example, a classic gotcha in C is the fact that
if (a=b) code;
is syntactically valid and sometimes even correct. It puts the value of "b" into "a" and then executes "code" if "a" is non-zero. What the programmer probably meant was
if (a==b) code;
which executes "code" if "a" and "b" are equal.
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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