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    catch out in American English

    I heard that "to catch somebody out" basically means "to fail someone in an examination" and that it is used in British English

    Please, tell me if it is used in American English ?

    Many thanks.


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    Re: catch out in American English

    To catch someone out does not in Britain mean to fail them in an exam, but to discover that they have told an untruth or done something that they should not have done.

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    Re: catch out in American English

    Quote Originally Posted by oaf View Post
    I heard that "to catch somebody out" basically means "to fail someone in an examination" and that it is used in British English

    Please, tell me if it is used in American English ?

    Many thanks.
    "To catch somebody out" is not common usage in the US. I suppose we could say something like: "I am going to 'catch somebody out' of their dorm room tonight." But, it certainly does not mean to fail someone in an examination.

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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