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catch US English

Intercept and hold (something that has been thrown, propelled, or dropped)

catch US Thesaurus

he caught the ball

take someone's fancy US English

Appeal to someone

get it in the neck US English

Be severely criticized or punished

throw someone off balance US English

Cause someone to become unsteady and in danger of falling

grasp at straws US English

Be in such a desperate situation as to resort to even the most unlikely means of salvation

by-catch US English

The unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught during commercial fishing for a different species

catch-22 US English

A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions

catch on US English

(Of a practice or fashion) become popular

catch up US English

Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one

catch-up US English

An act of catching someone up in a particular activity

catch-all US English

A term or category that includes a variety of different possibilities

catch-22 US Thesaurus

he wanted to do the right thing, but either decision would hurt somebody—it was a classic catch-22

catch fire US English

Become ignited and burn

catch crop US English

A crop grown in the space between two main crops or at a time when no main crops are being grown

catch cold US English

Become infected with a cold

fair catch US English

A catch of a punt in which a player raises a hand and does not advance the ball

catch hell US English

Be severely reprimanded

catch points US English

Railway points positioned so as to derail any vehicle running in the wrong direction on a line, as a safety precaution

catch a crab US English

Make a faulty stroke in which the oar is under water too long or misses the water altogether

catch sight of US English

Suddenly notice; glimpse

catch up with US English

Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one

play catch-up US English

Fall behind continually with work or financial matters

catch some Zs US English

Get some sleep

catch-as-catch-can US English

Wrestling in which all holds are permitted

catch one's breath US English

Cease breathing momentarily in surprise or fear

catch someone's eye US English

Be noticed by someone

catch the light US English

Shine or glint in the light

catch one's death US English

Catch a severe cold or chill

catch someone napping US English

(Of a person, action, or event) find someone off guard and unprepared to respond

catch someone flat-footed US English

Take someone by surprise

catch someone unawares US English

Take someone by surprise

catch someone in the act US English

Surprise someone in the process of doing something wrong

you wouldn't catch —— doing something US English

Used to indicate that there is no possibility of the person mentioned doing what is specified

catch someone with their pants down US English

Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state

you catch more flies with honey than vinegar US English

It is more effective to be polite and flattering than to be hostile or demanding

catchline US English

A short, eye-catching line of type, typically one at the top of a page such as a running head

catchphrase US English

A well-known sentence or phrase, typically one that is associated with a particular famous person

catchweight US English

Unrestricted weight in a wrestling match or other sporting contest

catchword US English

A briefly popular or fashionable word or phrase used to encapsulate a particular concept

safety lock US English

A device that prevents a gun from being fired or a machine from being operated accidentally

safety catch in safety lock US English

A device that prevents a gun from being fired or a machine from being operated accidentally

Scotch snap US English

A rhythmic feature in which a dotted note is preceded by a stressed shorter note, characteristic of strathspeys

Scotch catch in Scotch snap US English

A rhythmic feature in which a dotted note is preceded by a stressed shorter note, characteristic of strathspeys

catch on in catch US Thesaurus

radio soon caught on

catch fire in catch US English

Become ignited and burn

catch or take cold in cold US English

Become infected with a cold

catch or get hell in hell US English

Be severely reprimanded

catch fire in fire US Thesaurus

it was amazing that neither of the adjoining buildings caught fire


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