catch a cold

catch a cold

To become ill with the common cold. My sister's been sick all week, and now I think I've caught a cold from her. I hate going to the doctor's office—I always seem to catch a cold after being around all those germs!
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catch a cold (or catch cold)

1 become infected with a cold. 2 encounter trouble or difficulties, especially financial ones. informal
2 2001 Financial Times Most observers expect house prices to rise…depending on whether the UK economy continues to grow smoothly or whether it catches a cold from the US.
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citizens aged 65 and older, those who took two capsules of Cold-fx every day for four months were half as likely to catch a cold as those who were given a placebo.
Catch a cold, on the other hand, and the protective armor seems to fall away quickly.
Dryness of the air due to central heating causes drying of the mucous membranes, making it easier to catch a cold.
You catch a cold when you are in a place where one of these cold viruses is living.
So you can catch a cold virus by touching something that someone with a cold has touched or coughed or sneezed on.