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    be caught short vs. be caught off guard

    What is the difference between the two idioms:

    1) He was caught off guard when the reporters asked him about economy.
    2) He was caught short when the reporters asked him about economy.

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    Re: be vs. be caught off guard

    caught off guard:it means take (or be taken) by surprise and the other caught short , means : have nothing to say

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    Re: be caught short vs. be caught off guard

    A person caught short will have nothing to say because he or she is unprepared to respond.

    Having been caught off guard may simply mean the question is a surprise and the person is finding it difficult to compose a response. A little time to think may be all that is needed.

    A person caught short probably will not be able to answer the question because important knowledge is lacking.

    Steve

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