catch napping

To surprise; to take advantage of the lack of watchfulness of.

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  • catch napping — catch (you) napping to be surprised by something that you have not given attention to. I was caught napping by the last storm, but this time I ve already got batteries and flashlights and canned food on hand …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch — Synonyms and related words: OD, abash, abduction, absorb, absorb the attention, accept, acquire, acquisition, allure, ambition, anchor, appreciate, apprehend, apprehension, arrest, arrestation, artful dodge, artifice, assimilate, astonishment,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • catch someone napping — CATCH OFF GUARD, catch unawares, (take by) surprise, catch out, find unprepared; informal catch someone with their trousers/pants down; Brit. informal catch on the hop. → nap * * * catch someone napping (informal) 1. To detect someone in error… …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch you napping — catch (you) napping to be surprised by something that you have not given attention to. I was caught napping by the last storm, but this time I ve already got batteries and flashlights and canned food on hand …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch somebody napping — catch sb ˈnapping idiom (BrE) to get an advantage over sb by doing sth when they are not expecting it and not ready for it Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch someone napping — the teacher had warned us to be ever prepared, but the unannounced test caught most of us napping Syn: catch off guard, catch unawares, surprise, take by surprise, catch out, find unprepared; informal catch someone with their pants down …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • catch — catch1 W1S1 [kætʃ] v past tense and past participle caught [ko:t US ko:t] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(take and hold)¦ 2¦(find/stop somebody)¦ 3¦(see somebody doing something)¦ 4¦(illness)¦ 5 catch somebody by surprise/catch somebody off guard 6 catch somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch — 1 verb past tense and past participle caught 1 STOP/TRAP SB (T) a) to stop someone after you have been chasing them and prevent them from escaping: You can t catch me! she yelled, running away across the field. | If the guerrillas catch you, they …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch someone napping — informal to do something that someone is not expecting so that you get an advantage over them Brazil caught England napping and scored two goals in the first ten minutes …   English dictionary

  • catch someone napping — verb To take advantage of someones inattention …   Wiktionary

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