catch you napping

catch you napping
catch (you) napping to be surprised by something that you have not given attention to.

I was caught napping by the last storm, but this time I've already got batteries and flashlights and canned food on hand.


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  • catch someone napping — CATCH OFF GUARD, catch unawares, (take by) surprise, catch out, find unprepared; informal catch someone with their trousers/pants down; Brit. informal catch on the hop. → nap * * * catch someone napping (informal) 1. To detect someone in error… …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch someone napping — informal to do something that someone is not expecting so that you get an advantage over them Brazil caught England napping and scored two goals in the first ten minutes …   English dictionary

  • catch napping — catch (you) napping to be surprised by something that you have not given attention to. I was caught napping by the last storm, but this time I ve already got batteries and flashlights and canned food on hand …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch — catch1 W1S1 [kætʃ] v past tense and past participle caught [ko:t US ko:t] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(take and hold)¦ 2¦(find/stop somebody)¦ 3¦(see somebody doing something)¦ 4¦(illness)¦ 5 catch somebody by surprise/catch somebody off guard 6 catch somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch — 1 verb past tense and past participle caught 1 STOP/TRAP SB (T) a) to stop someone after you have been chasing them and prevent them from escaping: You can t catch me! she yelled, running away across the field. | If the guerrillas catch you, they …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • surprise — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Unexpectedness Nouns surprise, nonexpectation, unexpectedness, the unforeseen, unforeseen contingency or circumstances, miscalculation, astonishment, wonder, thunderclap, turn, blow, shock, bolt from the …   English dictionary for students

  • nap — I 1. verb they were napping on the sofa Syn: doze, sleep, sleep lightly, take a nap, catnap, rest, take a siesta; informal snooze, catch forty winks, get some shut eye, catch some Zs, catch a few Zs 2. noun a nap will make you feel better …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • The Underland Chronicles — Merge|Gregor and the Code of Claw|Talk:The Underland Chronicles#Proposed merge|date=January 2008 The Underland Chronicles is a five part series of children’s books written by Suzanne Collins between 2003 and 2007. It tells the story of an eleven… …   Wikipedia

  • nap — nap1 [ næp ] noun 1. ) count a short sleep, usually during the day: take/have a nap: I think I ll take a little nap this afternoon. 2. ) singular the soft top layer of some cloths, carpets, etc. that consists of short fibers that all lie in one… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nap — I UK [næp] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms nap : present tense I/you/we/they nap he/she/it naps present participle napping past tense napped past participle napped to sleep for a short period of time, usually during the day • catch someone… …   English dictionary

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