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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

drift US English

The general intention or meaning of an argument or someone’s remarks

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 at in catch US English

Grasp or try to grasp

catch it in catch US English

Be punished or told off

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

bug US English

An enthusiastic, almost obsessive, interest in something

hold1 US English

An act or manner of grasping something; a grip

red-handed US English

(Of a person) having been discovered in or just after the act of doing something wrong or illegal

unprepared US English

Not ready or able to deal with something

whiff1 US English

A smell that is only smelled briefly or faintly

catch someone in the act US English

Surprise someone in the process of doing something wrong

glimpse US English

A momentary or partial view

rays in ray1 US English

Sunlight considered in the context of sunbathing

catch on in catch US English

(Of a practice or fashion) become popular

catch up in catch US English

Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one

on the hop US English


in flagrante delicto US English

In the very act of wrongdoing, especially in an act of sexual misconduct

catch fire in catch US English

Become ignited and burn

you wouldn't catch —— doing something US English

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

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