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.