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red-handed (adj.)

1781, earlier red-hand (early 15c.), originally in Scottish legal writing, from red (adj.1) + -handed; presumably from the image of a murderer with hands still stained with blood.

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Definitions of red-handed from WordNet
1
red-handed (adv.)
doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible;
he was caught red-handed
2
red-handed (adj.)
in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act;
caught red-handed
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