catch sight of

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catch sight of (someone or something)

To see someone or something very briefly or suddenly. Wendy only caught sight of the burglar for a second, so she couldn't describe his appearance to the police. I didn't know what the bunny was running from, until I caught sight of the dog that was chasing it.
See also: catch, of, sight
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

catch sight of someone or something

 and catch a glimpse of someone or something
to see someone or something briefly; to get a quick look at someone or something. I caught sight of the plane just before it flew out of sight. Ann caught a glimpse of the robber as he ran out of the bank.
See also: catch, of, sight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

catch sight of

See suddenly or unexpectedly, as in When I first caught sight of the Alps, I was overwhelmed. [First half of 1800s]
See also: catch, of, sight
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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After a left and then a right hand bend we catch sight of the mausoleum high on Kirk Hill to our left and our track then bends left to cross the beck.
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Onward by road to Senkele Sanctuary provides an opportunity to catch sight of the endemic Swayne's hartebeest, while the town of Arba Minch offers one of the best views in the entire country.
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Park rangers will be taking visitors on a night-time wander to catch sight of bats, owls and insects.
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In the countryside you raise your eyes to the sky to catch sight of a hot-air balloon; he flattens it on the ground so that it looks like a gigantic carpet.
This season of Big Brother has completely passed me by (after Feltz, quite frankly, what is the point?), but I did catch sight of Jade on Sunday afternoon at Wimbledon watching the men's final.
Jennifer Pastor's sculpture inspires a giddy silence, the same gravid hush that occurs when we first catch sight of something truly strange.
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There is probably some German word to describe the peculiarly modern shock experienced at the zoo when you catch sight of an animal that's familiar to you from photographs but that you rarely encounter in the flesh.
And the brave postie was viciously punched five time when he managed to catch sight of his assailant.