Red-handed meaning

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In the act of committing something wrong.
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While committing a crime or doing some wrong.
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In an undeniably incriminating or compromising situation.
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Alternative spelling of red-handed.
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With clear evidence of guilt.
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Origin of red-handed

To be taken with red hand in ancient times was to be caught in the act, like a murderer with his hands red with his victim's blood. The use of red hand in this sense goes back to 15th-century Scotland and Scottish law. Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1819) contains the first recorded use of taken red-handed for someone apprehended in the act of committing a crime. The expression subsequently became more common as caught red-handed.