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 one's death (of cold)

see under catch cold.
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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 ?
And here must I take the brown-and-white jug, as it's niver been used three times this year, and go down i' the cellar myself, and belike catch my death, and be laid up wi' inflammation.
She would be deserted and reduced to ruin, and I should catch my death of cold in some broker's shop.
My mother's counterpoint was something about the fact it was cold out, and that I would catch my death, and that she was my mother and that I was supposed to do what she said, blah, blah, blah, and just like that, I was Cold Weather Batman.
Andrew said: "I may catch my death of cold here, but at least I won't get attacked.