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/ kAtF; kAtF/ v (pt, pp caught/ kR:t; kRt/) 1 (a) [Tn] stop and hold (a moving object) esp in the hands : I threw a ball to her and she caught it. , . * Our dog likes catching biscuits in its mouth. . (b) [Tn, Tn.p] ~ sb (out) (in cricket) dismiss (a batsman) by catching the ball he has hit before it touches the ground ; . 2 [Tn, Tn.pr] capture (sb/sth) after a chase, in a trap, etc; seize and hold ; ; ; : catch a thief * Cats catch mice. . * How many fish did you catch? ? * I caught him (ie met him and stopped him) just as he was leaving the building. , . * catch sb by the arm, throat, scruff of the neck, etc . 3 [Ipr, Cn.g] find or discover (sb doing sth); take by surprise ; : I caught her with her fingers in the biscuit tin. . * I caught a boy stealing apples from the garden. . * You won't catch me working (ie I would never work) on a Sunday! ! 4 [Tn] be in time for (and get on) (sth) ; : catch a bus, plane, train, etc * catch the post, ie post letters before the box is emptied by the postman . 5 [Tn] (US infml ) see or hear (sth); attend ; : Let's eat now and maybe we could catch a movie later. , . 6 [I, Ipr, Tn, Tn.pr] ~ (sth) (in/on sth) (cause sth to) become fixed, stuck or entangled in or on sth : The lock won't catch, ie cannot be fastened. . * Her dress caught on a nail. . * He caught his thumb in the door. . * He caught his foot on a tree root and stumbled. . 7 [Tn] become infected with (an illness) , : catch (a) cold * catch 'flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc . 8 [Tn] hear (sth); understand ; ; : Sorry, I didn't quite catch what you said. , . * I don't catch your meaning. . 9 [Tn, Tn.pr, Dn.n] hit (sth) : The stone caught him on the side of the head. . * She caught him a blow on the chin. . 10 [I] begin to burn ; : These logs are wet: they won't catch. , . 11 [Tn] reproduce (sth) accurately : The artist has caught her smile perfectly. . 12 (idm ) be caught/taken short => short2. catch sb `at it = catch sb red-handed. catch sb's at`tention/`eye attract sb's attention : Try to catch the waiter's eye. . * A newspaper headline caught his attention. . catch one's `breath stop breathing for a moment (because of fear, shock, etc) , : He caught his breath in surprise. . catch one's death (of cold) (infml ) catch a severe cold : Don't go out without a coat: you'll catch your death. , . catch/take sb's fancy => fancy1. catch `fire begin to burn, esp accidentally , : She was standing too close to the fireplace and her dress caught fire. , . catch it (infml ) be punished or scolded ; : If your father finds you here you'll really catch it! , ! catch sb `napping find sb not paying attention : Don't let the boss catch you napping! ! catch sb on the wrong `foot catch sb when he is not ready or expecting sth , . catch sb red-`handed discover sb in the act of doing sth wrong or committing a crime . catch sight/a glimpse of sb/sth see sb/sth for a moment []: She caught sight of a car in the distance. . * He caught a glimpse of her before she vanished into the crowd. . catch the `sun become sun-burned ; : Your back looks sore you've really caught the sun today. --. catch/take sb unawares => unawares (unaware). catch sb with his pants/trousers down (infml ) catch or trap sb when he is unprepared or not being watchful ; ; ; . the early bird catches the worm => early. set a sprat to catch a mackerel => sprat. set a thief to catch a thief => thief. 13 (phr v) catch at sth = clutch at sth (clutch). ,catch `on (to sth) (infml ) understand (sth) , , : He is very quick/slow to catch `on. []. ,catch `on (with sb) (infml ) become popular or fashionable ; : Mini-skirts first caught on in the 1960's. . ,catch sb `out show that sb is ignorant or doing sth wrong : Ask me anything you like you won't catch me out. --. ,catch `up (with sb); ,catch sb `up reach (and sometimes overtake) sb who is ahead (eg in a race); reach the same stage as sb ; : Go on in front. I'll soon catch you up/catch up (with you). . . * After missing a term through illness he had to work hard to catch up (with the others). , . ,catch `up on sth (a) spend extra time doing sth, in order to compensate for having neglected it : I've got a lot of work to catch `up on. . (b) acquire information about sth belatedly : Come over for a chat so we can catch up on each other's news. , . be ,caught `up in sth be absorbed or involved in sth : She was caught up in the anti-nuclear movement. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:07
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catch
/ kAtF; kAtF/ n 1 act of catching (esp a ball) : a difficult catch . 2 (amount of) sth caught : a huge catch of fish * (infml ) He's a good catch, ie worth getting as a husband. . 3 device for fastening sth : The catch on my handbag is broken. . 4 hidden difficulty or disadvantage : The house is very cheap. There must be a catch somewhere. . . * [attrib ] a `catch question, ie one intended to trick sb . 5 type of humorous song for three or more singers, each starting at a different time . 6 (idm ) catch-22/ 9ktF twentI5tu:; 9kAtF 9twZn-tI`tu/ (sl ) dilemma faced by sb who is bound to suffer, whichever course of action he takes : [attrib ] a catch-22 situation .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:07
catch
/ kAtF; kAtF/ n 1 act of catching (esp a ball) : a difficult catch . 2 (amount of) sth caught : a huge catch of fish * (infml ) He's a good catch, ie worth getting as a husband. . 3 device for fastening sth : The catch on my handbag is broken. . 4 hidden difficulty or disadvantage : The house is very cheap. There must be a catch somewhere. . . * [attrib ] a `catch question, ie one intended to trick sb . 5 type of humorous song for three or more singers, each starting at a different time . 6 (idm ) catch-22/ 9ktF twentI5tu:; 9kAtF 9twZn-tI`tu/ (sl ) dilemma faced by sb who is bound to suffer, whichever course of action he takes : [attrib ] a catch-22 situation .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:07

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