gotcha

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Etymology 1[edit]

Written form of a reduction of got you. got +‎ -cha

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gotcha

  1. (colloquial) Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend.
    I gotcha now, ya little twerp.
  2. (colloquial) Understand; comprehend.
    Yeah, I gotcha. Good thinkin'!
  3. (colloquial) Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone.
    Gotcha! Go on in...
  4. (colloquial) Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone.
    Gotcha! And don't ever do that to me again.
  5. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank.
    Gotcha! They never notice the whoopie cushion!
  6. (colloquial) Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Direct acquisition of gotcha, the contraction of got you.

Noun[edit]

gotcha (plural gotchas)

  1. (colloquial) A potential problem or source of trouble.
    Review the work thoroughly and make sure there are no gotchas.
  2. (colloquial) An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
    They change the number at random intervals and if you miss a sign, bingo - gotcha![1]
  3. (colloquial) An instance of accomplishing a tricky idea or overcoming a difficult obstacle.
    Now here's another few gotchas that you can do to implement it.
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