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    caught in between

    Good day teachers! I looked at the list of idioms thinking that "caught in between" is an idiomatic expression but I didn't find it there.Could you please share me what's the meaning of it? Tnx
    and also caught red handed. tnx
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    Re: caught in between

    The "in" is redundant. The preposition between already implies the in. You are "in the middle" or "between" two things.

    Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Means you are damned if you do, and drowned if you don't. You have no comfortable choice.

    Caught red-handed goes back to catching a murderer with blood still on his hands, to catch him red-handed. You don't need blood to be caught red-handed, however, but it now means to be discovered with indisputable evidence of the wrong-doing.

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    Re: caught in between

    tnx a lot jlinger! I got it in the song of Britney Spears

    1, 2, 3
    Not only you and me
    Got one eighty degrees
    And I'm caught in between
    Countin'
    1, 2, 3

    Am I mistaken teacher? tnx

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    Re: caught in between

    Song lyrics and poetry require a set meter and (often) rhyme. To establish meter the poet/song writer often inserts words or inverts sentences, forcing them to work.

    And then, look at the source. Are you really going to consider Britney Spears your English guru?

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    Re: caught in between

    oic tnx a lot teacher!

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    Re: caught in between

    I don't know if this is yet another Br/Am difference, but the 'in' is often inserted when the extremes or opposites aren't mentioned; when referring to a physical position, and the opposites aren't mentioned, that 'often' becomes 'more often than not'. In effect, 'in between' behaves like a pronoun that refers to 'the space between A and B'.

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    Re: caught in between

    I think it's just as common in Canada/US but my point was it isn't necessary. I probably say it myself, however. But then, I'm not really necessary, either!

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