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red-handed

[red-han-did] /ˈrɛdˈhæn dɪd/
adjective, adverb
1.
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
1810-1820
1810-20
Related forms
red-handedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for red handed

red-handed

adjective
1.
(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, adverb
red-handedness, noun
Word Origin
C19 (earlier, C15 red hand)
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Word Origin and History for red handed

red-handed

adj.

1781, earlier red-hand (early 15c.), originally in Scottish legal writing, from red (adj.1) + hand (n.), presumably from the image of a murderer caught in the act, with blood-stained hands.

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