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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

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

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
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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.
As the trackway rises, we catch sight of Redcar away on our right and pass a wartime observation post before heading down the slope to join the Cleveland Way.
that they did not so much as catch sight of the real problems of morality'.
You and your beady little eyes didn't catch sight of the delectable Diana until 20 months after Harry was born in September 1984.
We first catch sight of the doctor in an immaculate white suit, chasing an uncooperative patient along the beach.
Some have begun making trips to the lake every day to try to catch sight of the alligator.
So, thinking you look like Claudia Schiffer, you stumble out of there in an ill-fitting truss, only to catch sight of yourself two weeks later looking like the winner of a pie eating contest.
Park rangers will be taking visitors on a night-time wander to catch sight of bats, owls and insects.
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.
but I did catch sight of Jade on Sunday afternoon at Wimbledon watching the men's final.
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.
The sound of voices and the tinkling of a piano set the scene as visitors catch sight of Jack the Ripper's latest victim.
And the brave postie was viciously punched five time when he managed to catch sight of his assailant.
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.