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catch (one) cold

1. To surprise someone with something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is always used between "catch" and "cold." News that I'd gotten the promotion really caught me cold—I didn't think they were seriously considering me for it!
2. To surprise an opponent in order to gain an advantage. If we can catch their defense cold, we should be able to tie the game.
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catch cold

To become ill with the common cold. I hate going to the doctor's office—I always seem to catch cold after being around all those germs!
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catch cold

 and take cold
Fig. to contract a cold (a common respiratory infection.) (Use with catch is more frequent.) Please close the window, or we'll all catch cold. I take cold every year at this time.
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catch cold

Also, catch one's death (of cold). Become infected with a cold virus, contract a bad cold, as in Jane manages to catch cold on every important business trip, or Put on your hat or you'll catch your death. The first term originally (16th century) meant becoming chilled by exposure to cold and took on its present meaning in the late 1600s. The hyperbolic variant, often shortened, is somewhat newer.
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References in classic literature ?
To my surprise, my clothes had dried on me and there seemed no indications of catching cold, either from the last soaking or from the prolonged soaking from the foundering of the Martinez.
He was afraid of catching cold I dare say, and invented this trick for getting out of it.
I was going to observe, sir," said Frank Churchill, "that one of the great recommendations of this change would be the very little danger of any body's catching cold so much less danger at the Crown than at Randalls
Bumble, who prevented his catching cold, and caused a tingling sensation to pervade his frame, by repeated applications of the cane.
Your chances of catching cold increases during the winter, when people are indoors with others and the humidity is lower.
The most important point is to continue daily shampooing and conditioning, something that is often neglected for fear of catching cold.
Bears (-2) at Redskins: You tell me what's more impressive - Darrell Green intercepting passes 19 consecutive seasons or The Man catching cold 23 consecutive winters.
CHICAGO -- The Vioxx withdrawal may have sent a shiver through the drugs industry, but the All Stars can keep you from catching cold in this innovative space.
However, there is no more danger of catching cold with damp hair than dry hair; it is simply that our resistance is lower in winter and wet hair has nothing to do with it.
He then had a long affair with his best pal's wife and he died of pneumonia after catching cold while bedding a girl in a slave hut.
Stuart said the compound could help improve polio vaccines to help global efforts in eradicating the disease once and for all and if tests continue to give positive results, he hopes it will lead to the development of a drug that could finally treat and prevent people catching colds.
PHARMACEUTICALS CHILDREN'S COLD DEFENCE NASAL SPRAY A GEL nasal spray which can help reduce the risk of children catching colds by trapping and disabling cold viruses after they enter the nasal cavity, and hindering them from spreading and multiplying.
Vitamin C, found naturally in citrus fruit, might not help prevent colds, but people exposed to periods of high stress, like marathon runners, could reduce their risk of catching colds by half, if they took the vitamin daily.
Cigarette smoking, living with smokers or being exposed to increased levels of air pollution increase the risk of children catching colds.
NUROFEN maker Reckitt Benckiser has got a headache from fewer people catching colds and flu last winter.