catch your death

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 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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References in classic literature ?
You shall trudge away, and do your errands in the rain, and if you catch your death and ruin your bonnet, it's no more than you deserve.
"You'll get drenched to the skin; you'll catch your death!" said Peechy Prauw affectionately.
On Broad Street, while redblooded males ogled the seminaked bodies before them, I tutted: "You'll catch your death, my girl" and "for goodness sake, do up those buttons."
Come on, it's winter ladies, you'll catch your death!
"Put your cardi back on, you'll catch your death from exploitation," boom those who hate it.
If you want to tap into the trend, we suggest wearing them with a few more clothes than these two - or you might catch your death!
Phrases such as: 'are you really going out like that?' and 'wear a coat, you'll catch your death' slip effortlessly from your lips.
You'll catch your death. I'll fix us some lunch.' 'But it's dark out,' she objected.
But while it was a balmy 23C in Miami yesterday, in London on Thursday night it was only 2C, so word of advice, Justin - your buff new look is impressive but put a shirt on or you'll catch your death.
One friend reflected that she and my father had "lived great lives", another more simply that "the world is less of a place", while a third recounted that when she visited my mother in the last fragile weeks of her life, Rene drifted out of sleep, opened her eyes and muttered: "You should be wearing a jumper, you'll catch your death of cold."
"You'll catch your death of a cold" was a literal statement a generation before it became a comical clich.
The nostalgic opening track, Catch Your Death, echoes the cautionary words of a myriad bygone mothers, and Rules of Life is in similar vein, delivered by the world-weary veteran of numerous lessons learned.
It just shows what your mum used to say about 'cover up or you'll catch your death of cold' is a load of rubbish!" The T-shirt and shorts helped to raise Parry's national profile long before he moved into management.
So get your shirts back on - you could catch your death..In their mind, it isn't warm with a breeze - it's a scorcher and the lovely lay-deez deserve a treat