Red"-hand` (r?d"h?nd`), Red"-hand`ed (-h?nd`?d), a. ∨ adv.

Having hands red with blood; in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands; -- said of a person taken in the act of homicide; hence, fresh from the commission of crime; as, he was taken red-hand or red-handed.

<-- usu. caught red-handed -->

 

© Webster 1913.

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