What does “To be caught with your hand in the cookie jar” mean?
“To be caught with your hand in the cookie jar” means; someone is seen or caught while committing a theft or while doing something illegal or dishonest. The expression is often used to describe someone who was apprehended while embezzling money from their employer or caught while taking or attempting to advantage of their position by demanding or accepting favours or bribes. It is also used in a general sense when children are seen doing something they shouldn’t be doing.
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