Definition of Red-handed

1. Adjective. In the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act. "Caught red-handed"

Similar to: Guilty

2. Adverb. Doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible. "He was caught red-handed"

Definition of Red-handed

1. Adverb. (idiomatic) In the act of wrongdoing. ¹

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Medical Definition of Red-handed

1. Having hands red with blood; in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands; said of a person taken in the act of homicide; hence, fresh from the commission of crime; as, he was taken red-hand or red-handed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Red-handed

red-crested pochard
red-crested pochards
red-eared slider
red-eared sliders
red-eyed vireo
red-faced cormorant
red-flowered silky oak
red-green color blindness
red-green colour blindness
red-green dichromacy
red-handed (current term)
red-hot poker
red-lead putty
red-legged partridge
red-legged tinamou
red-legged tinamous
red-letter day

Literary usage of Red-handed

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1. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1920)
"... devoted to the religious life screened murderers red- handed after the commission of what we should regard not merely as criminal, but also as dastardly ..."

2. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1862)
"child the germs of hereditary sin ; in every murderer who goes red- handed from his cups to the felon's cell, and thence to his Maker's presence,—if we were ..."

3. Book-song: An Anthology of Poems of Books and Bookmen from Modern Authors by Gleeson White (1893)
"... bruised and marred between two babes that bleed, A mad red-handed husband's martyr fall; } The scene which crossed and streaked with mirth the strife Of ..."

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