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red-handed

[red-han-did]
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:
1810–20

red-handedness, noun
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red-handed
 
adj
(postpositive) in the act of committing a crime or doing something wrong or shameful (esp in the phrase catch red-handed)
 
[C19 (earlier, C15 red hand)]
 
red-'handedly
 
adv
 
red-'handedness
 
n

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red-handed
1819, earlier red-hand (early 15c.), originally in Scottish legal writing, from red (1) + hand, presumably from the image of a murderer caught in the act, with blood on the hands.
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