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adj. Derived from the term "bloody-hand", which was one of four kinds of offences in the king's forest, by which the offender is supposed to have killed a deer. In Scotland, in such like crimes they say "Taken in the fact, or with the red hand".
- Thomas Blount's Law Dictionary and Glossary, 1717

In modern times, this term refers to catching someone in the act of doing something they aren't supposed to do.
Hah! I knew it was you stealing the cookies. I caught you red handed!
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The exact moment of seeing a person doing illegal acts.
Caught red handed! You're under arrest for vandalism, stealing, smoking indoors, and driving drunk!
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When a young Mexican boy reaches the bottom of his most recent bag of Hot Cheetos and the spicy Cheeto powder coats his little brown digits.
"Jose Luis don't touch the babies while you are red handed, mijo!"
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Finger another guys girl while she's in her period, and he walks in the room.
by RajRaion July 23, 2003
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