when sneezes, catches a cold

(redirected from if catches a cold, gets pneumonia)

when somebody/something sneezes, somebody/something catches a cold

  (mainly British) also if somebody/something catches a cold, somebody/something gets pneumonia (mainly British)
when one person or organization has a problem, this problem has a much worse effect on another person or organization When New York sneezes, I'm afraid London catches a cold - that is just the way the stock markets operate now. If the country's economy catches a cold, local businesses get pneumonia.
See hard cash, catch cold, leave cold, leave out in the cold, in a sweat
See also: catch, cold
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