catch something

catch something

tv. to see or listen to something. (More specific than the colloquial sense, to manage to hear something.) Did you catch that radio program about cancer last night?
See also: catch, something
References in classic literature ?
I catch something of the spirit, I think, which caught your father, Mr.
He rubbed his face with his handkerchief, and wrapping round him his coat, which sat extremely well as it was, he greeted them with a smile, holding out his hand to Stepan Arkadyevitch, as though he wanted to catch something.
One evening he asked whether he might go home with her; but his aunt was afraid that he might catch something, and his uncle said that evil communications corrupted good manners.
People who ain't content to stay home always catch something.
His eyes suddenly seemed to catch something in one of them, "The Westminster Gazette", I knew it by the color, and he grew quite white.
At other times watching from the observatory of some cliff or tree, to telegraph any new arrival; or waiting at evening on the hill-tops for the sky to fall, that I might catch something, though I never caught much, and that, manna-wise, would dissolve again in the sun.
But as I did so my foot slipped, I tried to catch something to hold by, but found nothing, and with a cry, down I fell, like a very big plum on the grass below.
There were bodies everywhere, and that is what is worrying, if people are so close together, and being sick, it makes it easier to catch something.
Skateboarding is like fishing: sometimes you catch something, other times you just get bit on the dick.
You have anti-virus products that should either prevent or catch something, but the reality is that they security threats are very sophisticated.
LINE OF THE DAY The Motherwell squad has been hit by a virus, proving to Cammy Bell that it IS possible to catch something at Fir Park.
She could always hunt and catch something to eat when she goes out the doggy door a[bar].
If I do want to catch something on the box I normally go for documentaries because I like to learn about different things.