Definition of "gotcha" []

  • Used to indicate understanding or to signal the fact of having caught or defeated another. (interjection)
  • A game or endeavor in which one party seeks to catch another out, as in a mistake or lie. (noun)
  • Expressing delight at having beaten, caught, or tricked someone (exclamation)

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  • Expressing understanding of what someone has said (exclamation) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gotcha" in a sentence
  • "Besides, the term "gotcha question" is so out of fashion."
  • "Some people are criticizing last night's presidential debate, including Barack Obama, who likened it to what he calls gotcha games."
  • "The governor supporters say that's partly because she's been a victim of what they call gotcha journalism, and they say working class voters are firmly behind her regardless."