catch onto (something)

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catch onto (something)

1. To snag on a particular surface, item, or material, usually with frustrating or unpleasant results. Be careful so that the zipper doesn't catch onto my dress—it's silk!
2. To latch onto something, usually as is intended. You probably need to get your necklace repaired so that this little piece catches onto the clasp securely.
See also: catch

catch onto something

[for something] to snag on or get grabbed by something else. (See also onto something.) This little piece has to catch onto this gear each time it comes around. A few threads of my shirt caught onto the cactus needles and ruined the whole thing.
See also: catch
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I did my first installation before anybody else had done them, so by the time people were catching onto it I had got quite a few under my belt."
An e-commerce option: In a move that shows even smaller retail shops are catching onto the multichannel retail trend, the Cocoon home dcor gift shop in downtown Geneva has alerted its customers that it now has a site for online shopping.
The report also found that retailers are catching onto mobilization in the physical store: 93 percent of retailers have or plan to have a mobile or tablet application for associates within three years, which the report says is crucial to bringing together digital and physical experiences.
Martin said: "Catching onto a big trend can make the difference between chugging along slowly and taking off.
They are allegedly not catching onto to the latest trends but instead going back in time.How it all started at RTVSThe re-assignments, lay-offs and hiring of new people started after Jaroslav Renzik became the new head of RTVS, appointed by Smer and SNS MPs.
Advisers have been catching onto the value of these benefits.
The "snag" part is a clever hook catching onto your pocket, keeping the mag holder in while the mag comes out.
Good news for beer lovers: Airlines are catching onto the craft brewing boom.
"The Charlotte Region is catching onto the need for special marketing services for luxury properties.
The montage was effective and immersive, the three actors adding their pieces once catching onto what the other was after.
Now, at last, we seem to be catching onto the colour craze.
"Employers are catching onto this and focusing on the talent first, rather than the job they fill," Jamrog says.
Daesh (ISIS) isn't the only one catching onto the power of online propaganda .
Critics have slammed American mainstream media for catching onto the story so late.
The person saw that the air-conditioning electrical plug had caught fire and flames were catching onto the curtains.