ˌcatch sb ˈout

ˌcatch sb ˈout
phrasal verb
British
1) to show that someone has made a mistake, or is not telling the truth
He asked her casual questions to see if he could catch her out.[/ex]
2) to put someone into a situation that they are not prepared for
The climbers are hoping that they won't be caught out by bad weather again.[/ex]

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