• WordNet 3.6
    • adj red-handed in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act "caught red-handed"
    • adv red-handed doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible "he was caught red-handed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. or adv Red-handed 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 .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • red-handed With red or bloody hands; hence, in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands: said originally of a person taken in the act of homicide, but extended figuratively to one caught in the perpetration of any crime: generally in the phrase to be taken red-handed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Red-handed in the very act, as if with bloody hands
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  • Tony Hancock
    Tony Hancock
    “It's red hot, mate. I hate to think of this sort of book getting in the wrong hands. As soon as I've finished this, I shall recommend they ban it.”


Catch someone red-handed - If someone is caught red-handed, they are found doing something wrong or illegal.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. reád; Ger. roth, L. ruber, Gr. e-rythros, Gael. ruath.


In literature:

Their clothes are blue and their hands cinnabar-red.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
He took his javelin, still red with the blood of the mountain wolf, and whirled it from his hand.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
And now that one of these murdering Celestials had been caught red-handed it was up to the D.A.
"Tutt and Mr. Tutt" by Arthur Train
In his hand he held his faded red neck-handkerchief.
"The Hunted Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
How her red cheeks flush, her black eyes sparkle, and her plump hands guide that ship of state!
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
He was warm from toiling up the hill and paused, panting, hat in hand, to mop his brow with a large red 'kerchief.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
A tress of a woman's red hair was grasped in the left hand of the deceased.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Michael Donovan, who had bred her, slipped his hand under her, and drew it out, red with blood.
"Mount Music" by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
I have murdered myself, and my hands are red with blood.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Whet, Cathal of the Wine Red Hand, Thy Victor brand, in peaceful part!
"A Celtic Psaltery" by Alfred Perceval Graves
And one time after that again there came to Finn three bald red clowns, holding three red hounds in their hands, and three deadly spears.
"Gods and Fighting Men" by Lady I. A. Gregory
But the wise Saladin showed no liking for the red men, and would not permit any of them to lay hands on him.
"The Story of Red Feather" by Edward S. (Edward Sylvester) Ellis
Then with the red plume in his hands the Cook's son ran back towards the Castle.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
But such might be the case, with a score of red men prowling near at hand.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The lance of yellow-red flame had occasioned no disturbance other than a slight smack, comparable with the sharp clapping of a man's hands.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The other players showed their hands, which were full of red cards.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Her eyes were wide, like a child trying to deny mischief after being caught red-handed.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
No God, be sure, Smiles on the jest red-handed.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
Two carmen in leather aprons, with amused red faces, one with an open bill in his hand, were demanding payment.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Lucy covered her face with her hands, but the old woman leaned back upon her pillows, a red patch on each cheek.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson

In poetry:

To the Love-queen Gisli prayed,
She, with red hands, caught and spun.
Yellow flames from crater lips,
flames from the waking sun.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And, Children, you must come in bands,
With garlands in your little hands,
Of blue, and white, and red,
To strew before the Dead!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Red rubies should deck thy hands,
And diamonds should be thy dower -
But fairies have broke their wands,
And wishing has lost its power!
"A Lake And A Fairy Boat" by Thomas Hood
She laid her hand on Hafbur’s breast
With the red gold all a-blaze:
“Why wax thy breasts in no such wise
As they wax in other mays?”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
What do they there so stark and dead?
(There is blood upon her hand)
Why are the lilies flecked with red?
(There is blood on the river sand.)
"The Dole Of The King's Daughter (Breton)" by Oscar Wilde
Your dear desired grace,
Your hands, your lips of red,
The wonder of your perfect face
Will fade, like sweet rose-petals shed,
When you are dead.
"The Eternal" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

Remember back to the early days of the Koch brothers-funded astroturf campaign for the Tea Party and their signs with the red-paint hands that said "Keep your government hands of my Medicare".
On the tour, we hand picked a few red lettuces grown for entree salads sold at McDonald's.
Right-handed reliever Scott Atchison was activated off the 60-day disabled list before Wednesday's game, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced in a team release.
Cash, helping hands sought for Red Bank High School makeover.
Big talk boils down to a handful of options for the Red Cedar project.
No doubt capacity crowds will be on hand to see if the Big Red can break a rare two game losing streak.
In response to the increasing number of consumers looking to experiment with flavors, Red Rose Tea launched a line of hand-crafted black teas inspired by desserts.
Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, shakes hands with Tim Wakefield after Wakefield struck out Seattle Mariners' Mike Carp in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
Bank Robber Nabbed Red Handed At Strip Club.
Bowden, Boone handed walking papers by Reds.
Mandeville Police caught a pair of car burglars red-handed in the Woodstone subdivision early Thursday morning and authorities believe the two men may be responsible for several recent break-ins.
Hand- wringing time for Red Sox fans everywhere.
Red Roof Inn on 28th changes hands.
Cubs suffer damaging defeat at hands of Reds.
Not only does the white stuff fall on search pages, but many videos have a little red snowflake on the right-hand side of the bottom bar.

In science:

On the other hand, by Proposition 4.2 of , the (positive) K¨ahler polarization induces a (positive) complex analytic stratified K¨ahler polarization P red on the reduced space N red , with its stratified symplectic Poisson algebra (C∞ (N red ), {·, ·}red).
Kaehler quantization and reduction
In addition, there are extended dark (red) shaded regions at large |µ| where left-handed sleptons become lighter than the neutralino.
CDM in Supersymmetric Models
This is to be contrasted with earlier approaches in which an infra-red cut-off was introduced ’by hand’ and tuned to fit the total pp cross section [7, 8].
A review of forward proton tagging at 420m at the LHC, and relevant results from the Tevatron and HERA
The red histogram in the left hand panel shows the stopping position of al l muons below 1 GeV/c; note that al l muons below this value stop within the 60 cm depth of iron.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
On the other hand, a slightly asymmetric shape is obtained with the real Li2 molecule (see the red dashed line in panel (c) for instance), due to the asymmetric distribution of the two satellite peaks N + = NE ± 2 on both sides of the central peak corresponding to N + = NE .
Phase information revealed by interferences in the ionization of rotational wave packets
On the other hand we explain the reasons for the different behaviour of the two-loop contributions in the red and yellow regions.
The Muon Magnetic Moment and Supersymmetry
On the other hand, inside the angle defined by the legs of a red phantom of the generation n, the expected basis has a single signal, the lower one and so, the legs of the phantom may notice the difference.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution
On the other hand, the photoassisted effects we are describing are expected to take effect already in the red or infrared part of the spectrum.
Photoconductance of organic single-molecule contacts
If, on the other hand, the orbital motion and the stellar rotation are in opposite directions, then the red-shift part of the disk is eclipsed first.
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
On the other hand behavior of the red line in the region 3µL /4 < ¯µS < µL is undesirable, because we always expect to find modes in that region on the numerical grid.
Numerical stability of the Z4c formulation of general relativity
On the other hand the red dotted line shows the global declassification policy represented by a predicate φ.
Epistemic Temporal Logic for Information Flow Security
The last term of Eq. (10.13), highlighted in red colour, provides the source of the higher order correction to the right-handed neutrino mass matrix which is essential in generating a large reactor angle.
Neutrino Mass and Mixing with Discrete Symmetry
The blue line shows the (fixed) background component; the red and green lines show the longitudinal and left-handed components returned by the fit.
Tevatron Results on Top Quark Physics
The left hand side panels illustrate the density field, and color changes from dark red to white as logarithm of ρ1 (y , z)/ρo(z = 0) increases.
Parker Instability in a Self-Gravitating Magnetized Gas Disk: I. Linear Stability Analysis
The left hand side panels illustrate the density field, and color changes from dark red to white as logarithm of ρ1 (y , z)/ρo(z = 0) increases.
Parker Instability in a Self-Gravitating Magnetized Gas Disk: I. Linear Stability Analysis