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catch (one) cold

1. To surprise someone with something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is always used between "catch" and "cold." News that I'd gotten the promotion really caught me cold—I didn't think they were seriously considering me for it!
2. To surprise an opponent in order to gain an advantage. If we can catch their defense cold, we should be able to tie the game.
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catch cold

To become ill with the common cold. I hate going to the doctor's office—I always seem to catch cold after being around all those germs!
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catch cold

 and take cold
Fig. to contract a cold (a common respiratory infection.) (Use with catch is more frequent.) Please close the window, or we'll all catch cold. I take cold every year at this time.
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catch cold

Also, catch one's death (of cold). Become infected with a cold virus, contract a bad cold, as in Jane manages to catch cold on every important business trip, or Put on your hat or you'll catch your death. The first term originally (16th century) meant becoming chilled by exposure to cold and took on its present meaning in the late 1600s. The hyperbolic variant, often shortened, is somewhat newer.
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people often catch cold from one another when shut up together in small close rooms, coaches, &c.
Health chiefs say as the weather turns colder, people of all ages become more likely to catch colds or flu and if their body temperature drops, there is more risk of a heart attack, stroke or breathing difficulties.
John Thornberry, council head of older people services, said: "We are all more likely to catch colds or flu as the weather gets colder and if your body temperature drops, the risk of heart attack, stroke or breathing difficulty increases.
Now when her siblings catch colds, she diagnoses and treats them.
I know it's good for the immune system to catch colds and fight them and I know we all need herd exposure to fight bugs effectively, but surely one cold a year is enough?
DEPRESSED people are more likely to catch colds because the part of the brain that controls happiness can stimulate the immune system to work harder.
No, I don't catch colds at all really - I haven't had a proper one for over a year.
A study has indicated that passengers travelling aboard aircraft with re-circulated cabin air are no more likely to catch colds than those travelling on aircraft with fresh air pumped inside.