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    caught red-handed - jokingly

    Hello.

    Yesterday my neighbour's cat was found red-pawed trying to bite her in the leg.

    A deer was found red-hoofed trying to turn a house upside down.

    Just to confirm, please check out for yourselves:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAtquItHYcw

    Animals can also be caught red-hoofed, red-pawed, red-legged, that is, guilty of committing a "crime".

    What do you think?

    Thank you.

    Why are animals so naughty?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Sep-2015 at 18:28. Reason: Reducing font size.

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    Re: caught red-handed - jokingly

    These aren't standard phrases in English, people are just playing with the language.

    Native speakers would probably understand the references, but it might take a bit to sink in. It took me a few seconds to parse those phrases, my initial reaction was that they were nonsensical.

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    Re: caught red-handed - jokingly

    Household pets can be mischievous, so it makes more sense with a cat than it does with a deer. But I think the idea would come across.

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