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To Be Caught Red Handed (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Be Caught Red Handed"?

To be caught red-handed is to be caught in the act of committing a crime with evidence for all to see. It is simply a reference to having blood on your hands after carrying out a crime such as a murder or poaching. The term originates from Scotland from as early as the late 17 Century.



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