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catch (one) cold

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!
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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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Clinical Director of Pharmacy Alison Ewing ismarking the first ever European Antibiotic Awareness Day today with a call to stop any unnecessary prescriptions as people catch colds over the winter.
There are hundreds of cold viruses, so once one infects you, you should develop resistance but as there are hundreds of cold viruses, you will still catch colds.
A healthy living survey, carried out by a US vitamin company, shows that 71 per cent of Brummies catch colds compared with the national average of 55 per cent.
The view that when America sneezes we all catch colds is, I hope, just a blip.
No, I don't catch colds at all really - I haven't had a proper one for over a year.
NURSERY school youngsters who catch colds have fewer problems with the virus as they get older.
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.