Definition of Gotcha

1. Contraction. (colloquial) Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend. ¹

2. Contraction. (colloquial) Understand; comprehend. ¹

3. Contraction. (colloquial) Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone. ¹

4. Contraction. (colloquial) Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone. ¹

5. Contraction. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank. ¹

6. Contraction. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application. ¹

7. Noun. (colloquial) A potential problem or source of trouble. ¹

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Definition of Gotcha

1. an instance of catching a person out in a deceit or wrongdoing [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gotcha

got into someone's pants
got it
got it going on
got laid
got off
got off on
got on
got out
got over
got the axe
got to
got to the point
got up
gotcha (current term)
gotcha keyword
gotcha keywords
goth up
gothed up
gothic rock

Literary usage of Gotcha

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mexico's Gulf Coast by Joanie Sanchez (2004)
"gotcha This activity is popular especially with the younger visitors. It's paint ball gun wars, played in some sections in the surrounding hills. ..."

2. An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble by Tom Evslin (2006)
"'gotcha' is your MO written in spades. It's like the hack you told me ... You can't stand anyone thinking that Larry was a good enough hacker to do 'gotcha. ..."

3. Travels in the Eastern Caucasus, on the Caspian and Black Seas, Especially by Arthur Augustus Thurlow Cunynghame, Henry Hardinge Cunynghame (1872)
"At nightfall we reached the Lake gotcha, a very considerable piece of water, being 40 versts long and averaging 18 broad. An Armenian convent stands on the ..."

4. Time and Fateby Lance Price by Lance Price (2005)
"When things are going wrong at home they like nothing more than a foreign crisis to show how tough and decisive they are.” “gotcha, Colonel. gotcha. ..."

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