catch (one's) death (of cold)

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catch (one's) death (of cold)

To become ill with the common cold. This phrase is often used hyperbolically. You'll catch your death of cold if you leave the house with wet hair—it's freezing outside! I hate going to the doctor's office—I always seem to catch my death after being around all those germs!
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catch one's death (of cold)

 and take one's death (of cold)
Fig. to contract a cold, a common respiratory infection; to catch a serious cold. If I go out in this weather, I'll catch my death of cold. Dress up warm or you'll take your death.
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catch your death (of cold)

catch a severe cold or chill. informal
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catch your ˈdeath (of cold)

(old-fashioned, informal) (usually said to emphasize how cold it is) get a very bad cold: Don’t go out without your coat — you’ll catch your death.
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catch (one's) death

To catch a cold or other illness.
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References in classic literature ?
It'll be a mercy if she doesn't catch her death of cold.
I spent half a day persuading her that no, the north doesn't have its own climate, and no she wouldn't catch her death by walking to the shop only for it to snow.
Even though we're worried Anna might catch her death, her little strapless number is beautiful.
Daisy Lowe Model Daisy looks a right knit–wit in a crochet skirt that she's bound to catch her death in.
She'll catch her death in that skimpy little number
I was also concerned that Michelle was going to catch her death as Washington temperatures plummeted, but the clever designer kept Michelle toasty in Swiss wool lace, backed with tulle netting and a French silk lining.
Model Daisy looks a right knit-wit in a crochet skirt that she's bound to catch her death in.
Next time she shows up at breakfast wearing next to nothing, ask her what the occasion is and tell her she'll catch her death wandering around in her undies.
Look," I said to presenter Jayne Secker, "she doesn't even care that she could catch her death of cold.
Following her spat with Britney - Sheryl thinks Ms Spears will catch her death in those skimpy outfits - it comes as no surprise that she has a new album out.
ACTRESS Keira Knightly looks like she might catch her death in these pictures.
CHERYL wants to wrap up, she'll catch her death like that.
MARY Magdalene looks like she could catch her death of cold in this rarely exhibited painting.
She'll catch her death of cold in that costume at this time of year.