agarrar a alguien con las manos en la masa

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This idiom may be literally translated as "to catch someone with their hands in the dough" and may also be written "pillar a alguien con las manos en la masa," "coger a alguien con las manos en la masa," or "sorprender a alguien con las manos en la masa."
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to catch someone while they're doing something wrong)
a. to catch someone red-handed (idiom)
¿Por qué se declaró inocente si la policía lo agarró con las manos en la masa?Why did he plead not guilty if the police caught him red-handed?
b. to catch someone in the act (idiom)
Hicimos una fiesta sin decírselo a nuestros padres, pero volvieron antes de tiempo y nos agarraron con las manos en la masa.We threw a party without telling my parents, but they came back earlier and caught us in the act.
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