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Definitions for gotcha
ˈgɒtʃ əgotcha

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  1. gotcha(phr.)

    Got you; I got you; as, I gotcha!.

  2. gotcha(n.)

    A situation in which an error or indiscretion by one person is deliberately caused by another person -- a mild form of entrapment with malicious or humorous intent; as, he was furious to be the victim of a gotcha

  3. gotcha(n.)

    A situation or attribute which tends to cause one to make an error; as, one of the main gotchas in learning English is the frequency of non-phonetic spellings.

  4. Origin: [phonetic transcription of colloquial speech, from got you.]


  1. Gotcha

    In programming, a gotcha is a feature of a system, a program or a programming language that works in the way it is documented but is counter-intuitive and almost invites mistakes because it is both enticingly easy to invoke and completely unexpected and/or unreasonable in its outcome.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gotcha

    A misfeature of a system, especially a programming language or environment, that tends to breed bugs or mistakes because it is both enticingly easy to invoke and completely unexpected and/or unreasonable in its outcome. For example, a classic gotcha in C is the fact that if (a=b) {code;} is syntactically valid and sometimes even correct. It puts the value of b into a and then executes code if a is non-zero. What the programmer probably meant was if (a==b) {code;}, which executes code if a and b are equal.

How to pronounce gotcha?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gotcha in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gotcha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gotcha in a Sentence

  1. Robert Bonner:

    Sadly what we're witnessing in Washington is gotcha politics in action.

  2. Superintendent Michael Rossi Jr.:

    This is not a gotcha-type thing, it's an educational, restorative and holistic response. We're not looking to punish people.

  3. Ben Carson:

    It's silly, you know, when we engage in,' ha, gotcha' stuff, when we have such big policy issues to deal with, and that's what I want to talk about.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    There were a lot of gotcha questions, they weren't bigger, broader questions, they were smart questions; they were trying to create conflict inside of the 10.

  5. Amy Jeffress:

    This is an example of a congressional committee trying to find a' gotcha moment' instead of legitimately investigating Justice Department policies and practices.

Images & Illustrations of gotcha

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