catch death

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catch one's death (of cold)

 and take one's death (of cold)
Fig. to contract a cold, a common respiratory infection; to catch a serious cold. If I go out in this weather, I'll catch my death of cold. Dress up warm or you'll take your death.
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catch (one's) death

To catch a cold or other illness.
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