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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 something

tv. to see or listen to something. (More specific than the colloquial sense, to manage to hear something.) Did you catch that radio program about cancer last night?
See also: catch, something

catch it

Informal
To receive a punishment or scolding.
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CHATTON TROUT FISHERY 01668 215226 / NE66 5RF Sport was certainly on the up this week and among the catches was Peter Davison with 18 caught on Buzzers.
Total retained catch (all methods) fell from 22,776 in 2015 to 8,443 in 2016
The evergreen veteran showed off his brilliant fitness in the field with an electric catch towards his left.
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Gareth Anthony returned seven and took away a four fish 7.75lb bag; Chris Robson kept three 2lb fish and returned four while Chris Brown included some brown trout in his catch.
The data that needed for the research, including the catch, fishing effort, number of released individual of P.
Solar Innovations, Inc.'s door catch design is made up of three primary components; a “dented” catch side of the system, a male side of the system with female threads to receive a threaded tensioning mechanism, and an adjustment device to complete the assembly.
11 : to hold firmly : fasten <The lock will not catch.>
However, many small-scale studies have been undertaken to assess these missing sectors, reporting local catches or catch rates for specific periods, locations, or gear types (e.g., Craig et al., 1997).
The program seeks to make allies of the panga fishermen by hiring them for research excursions to help catch, tag, sample and release sharks and manta rays so they "feel a sense of ownership in their communities and get involved" says Laleh Mohajerani, Iemanya's executive director.
Catch the ball on the rebound while moving in a counterclockwise direction (away from the wall).
Press the magazine catch button and remove the magazine.
In 2004, Northern prawns accounted for 40% of the catch by EU25 vessels in the Northwest Atlantic, 27,114 tonnes.
Attempt to catch the ball in the same spot in your mitt each time.
But consumption of sport-caught fish by fishing enthusiasts and those with whom they share their catch may expose these people to chemicals that affect development of breast cancer in some women, according to a study by University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center staff scientist Jane McElroy and colleagues [EHP 112:156-162].