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catch

1. verb To see, and perhaps apprehend, someone in the act of doing something (often something nefarious). The robbers were arrested when the police caught them looting another house. I don't watch to catch you kids doing this ever again—the tool shed is far too dangerous to play in!
2. verb, slang To see or hear a specific program or event, typically as broadcast on the TV or radio. Did you catch the game last night? What a crazy ending!
3. verb To hear and/or understand something that has been said. I'm sorry, I didn't catch that last part. Can you repeat it?
4. verb To contract a contagious illness. All of my students are sick right now, so I'm not surprised that I've caught a cold, too. With the way you've been sneezing all day, I really hope I don't catch what you have!
5. verb To encounter or meet with someone, typically for the purpose of communicating with them. This usage often suggests that the person is busy or rushed, and therefore may have limited availability. Hey, I'm glad I caught you—how's your mom doing? Peg has to sign off on your expense report, so be sure to catch her before she leaves the office. I'll catch you later, man.
6. verb To receive a punishment or reprimand. The phrase "catch it" is usually used for this usage. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch it from my parents!
7. verb To notice a problem, error, or inconsistency, often one that is inconspicuous. Oh, Jen caught that spelling error—I never even noticed it.
8. verb To notice or detect something. Did you catch the joke at the beginning of the movie? It was pretty subtle. I opened the window and caught a whiff of dinner cooking next door.
9. verb In baseball or softball, to play the position of catcher. Joe is sick, so we need someone else to catch tonight.
10. verb To reach a mode of transportation before it departs. Of course we hit a major traffic jam when I have a plane to catch! Oh, she did catch the bus—the driver saw her running and waited for her.
11. verb To stop oneself from doing something. In this usage, "catch" is followed by a reflexive pronoun. Bill tripped over the step but managed to catch himself on the railing before falling. I almost asked about her boyfriend when I caught myself, remembering that they had broken up.
12. noun A game in which two or more people throw a ball back and forth between them. Now that the weather is nice, you boys should go outside and play catch.
13. noun A problem, drawback, or hidden detriment, often one that is initially concealed as a means of entrapment. I know this sounds like a great job offer, but there's a pretty big catch—I'd have to move across the country. Why are you selling this for so little? What's the catch?
14. noun An audible break or hesitation in one's voice (typically when one is very emotional). When I heard the catch in her voice, I knew my mom had bad news for me.
15. noun An amount of something that has been caught or captured, such as while fishing. A: "What was your catch today, boys?" B: "Not great, Earl—only five fish."
16. noun The identification or recognition of a problem, error, or inconsistency, often one that is inconspicuous. I never would have noticed that spelling error—good catch!
17. noun An ideal suitor or prospective mate. Tom's a good-looking guy with a six-figure income—he's a real catch!

catch it

To receive a punishment or reprimand. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch it from my parents!
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catch something

Fig. to see or listen to something. I will try to catch that new movie this weekend. Did you catch that radio program about cancer last night?

catch it

to get into trouble and receive punishment. I know I'm going to catch it for denting mom's car when I get home. Bob hit Billy in the face. He really caught it from the teacher for that.
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catch it

Also, get it. Receive a punishment or scolding, as in If I forget anything on the shopping list, I'll catch it, or I'm really going to get it when I turn in my paper late. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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ˈcatch it

(British English) (American English catch ˈhell, ˈget it) (spoken) be punished or spoken to angrily about something: If your dad finds out you’ll really catch it!
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catch

1. n. a drawback. Okay, that sounds good, but what’s the catch?
2. tv. to view something; to attend something; to hear something. Did you catch Gone with the Wind on TV?

catch it

Informal
To receive a punishment or scolding.
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Orel Tagai added seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
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THRUNTON LONG CRAG FISHERY 01665 574400; 07795 002607 Lots of anglers did really well again this week - among the catches was Hadston's Matty Divine with a haul of 16 trout, including a 5lb brown trout caught on Bloodworm and Damsels.
Ynysyfro Reservoir 01633 838250 Fishing has varied with the weather but some impressive catches have been taken.
Among the catches was Derek Todd from Morpeth, who landed 11 to 11lb on Black Zonkers, while Don Thompson from Whitley Bay caught seven on Olive Spiders.
Bob Slamal's partner was taking care of his numerous Lake Skinner catches when another angler approached.
SHARPLEY SPRINGS 0191 581 8045 / SR7 0NP Lots of good catches were made over the Christmas period.
Steven Morgan and John Allen both took 80lb catches of carp from this lake; Kevin Hills' catch weighed 70lb, while on Kingfisher Lake it was all tench for Kevin Brown, who had nearly 60lb of fish.
Francis led 21-0 at halftime behind Matt Abbey, who was 13 of 25 for 192 yards, and Mason Elieff, who had six catches for 101 yards.
His 6-yard pass to Shelton Banks (six catches, 46 yards) got Taft on the board with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
Ravens Nest Fishery 01291 689564 A 14lb 2oz rainbow caught by Steve Bedford was the top trout in a week of good catches.
His 22-yard pass to Nigel Orozco, who had nine catches for 185 yards, gave Crescenta Valley a 32-28 lead early in the fourth quarter.