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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Caught Napping (To be).
 
To suffer some disadvantage while off one’s guard. Pheasants, hares, and other animals are sometimes surprised “napping.” I have myself caught a cock-pheasant napping.   1
 


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