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.

Table of Contents

  • English Proverbs and Idioms Test
  • More Proverbs, Sayings, and Idioms
To Be Caught Red Handed (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • He was caught red-handed stealing money from the cash register.
  • She denied eating the cookies, but her crumb-covered hands gave her away – she was caught red-handed.
  • They were caught red-handed cheating on the exam when their notes were found hidden in their backpack.
  • The security camera footage showed him caught red-handed vandalizing the property.
  • She was caught red-handed trying to sneak out of the house past curfew.

Previous and Next Sayings

English Proverbs and Idioms Test

More Proverbs, Sayings, and Idioms

author logo

This page was written by Craig Shrives.