Idiom: catch someone in the act
idiom: catch someone in the act
- to see or discover someone at the exact moment they're doing something, especially something bad or wrong.
- I tried to quietly walk in the back door to the office because I was late but my colleague caught me in the act and told my boss.
- I turned my paper to the side so Stephen could copy answers off my test but the teacher caught us in the act and gave both of us a failing grade.
- This morning I caught my dog in the act of knocking over the garbage can and searching for food.
- My son said he never even kissed someone before but today our next door neighbor caught him and his daughter in the act.
- The babysitter didn't realize we had installed a security camera so we caught her in the act inviting friends over to watch TV rather than watching the kids.
- My boss caught me in the act of doing my homework instead of working but luckily I just got a warning this time.
- My father always opens my bedroom door without knocking as if he's trying to catch me in the act of doing something wrong, but all I'm doing is studying.
- I told my children that if I ever catch them in the act of drinking or smoking they will lose all their privileges including their phones and seeing friends.
- catch someone red-handed
- catch someone with their pants down
You might like these idioms
More idioms will be added in the future so check back frequently or sign-up for my free newsletter to learn about new updates to my website.
Your turn to use the idiom "catch someone in the act"
Practice makes progress. It's your turn to use this idiom in your own sample sentence. I will provide feedback to make sure you use the idiom correctly.
> Main idioms list
> idiom: catch someone in the act