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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again.
It was a hazardous enterprise both for him and for her, but he thought it necessary to consult with her on the subject of her projected departure, if not to calm her apprehensions respecting his health, and the worst result was a slight relapse of his illness, for no one knew of the visit but the inmates of the old Hall, except myself; and I believe it had not been his intention to mention it to me, for when I came to see him the next day, and observed he was not so well as he ought to have been, he merely said he had caught cold by being out too late in the evening.
But you've caught cold: I saw you shivering, and you must have some gruel to drive it out.'
And to come down in the dead of night, when the house is wrapped in slumbers and weiled in obscurity.' And there she stopped and shivered, for her modesty caught cold at the very thought.
Burnley were then caught cold on the resumption, with Tom Flanagan and Dobson scoring for the League One outfit within five minutes of the restart.
An arm of mine caught cold and never warmed up again.
On a day when Boro worked hard to apply a new gameplan but were caught cold and leaked a sloppy goal, others also impressed.
IRELAND cannot afford to be "caught cold" again in the scrum in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations battle with France in Paris, according to Rory Best.
IRELAND cannot afford to be "caught cold" again in the scrum in today's RBS 6 Nations battle with France in Paris, admits Rory Best.
IRELAND cannot afford to be "caught cold" again in the scrum in today's battle with France in Paris, according to Rory Best.
RBS 6 Nations FRANCE v IRELAND TODAY, 2.25PM KICK OFF IRELAND cannot afford to be "caught cold" again in the scrum in today's Six Nations battle with France in Paris, according to Rory Best.
CARDIFF.......10 EDINBURGH...3 ALAN SOLOMONS reckons his Edinburgh side were caught cold at Cardiff before being killed off by a coughing fit.
SLAVISA JOKANOVIC says he has not been caught cold by his baptism of fire at Fulham.
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicester) Att: 15,773 NEXT MATCH: Reading, home, FA Cup third round, Saturday (3pm) MAN OF THE MATCH JONATHAN HOGG Back in the starting line-up and back to his best TALKING POINT After the disappointment of Boxing Day, when a draw felt more like a defeat, this was a crucial and deserved victory, coming from behind MOMENT OF MATCH Nahki Wells' neatly-taken winner from Jonathan Hogg's pass MOAN OF THE MATCH Town got caught cold by conceding in the opening minute of the match REF WATCH Trevor Kettle gave an inconsistent display and left the field to boos, even though Town had won
Umar, 38, had caught cold on Thursday and died at a private hospital in Kairana area.