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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Somehow my teachers caught onto my extracurricular activities and, in what remains a grossly anti-entrepreneurial attack on freedom, took my notes with their bruised egos to the headmaster.
We all caught onto the heartbeat of the organization and what drives them," Tom said.
In fact I'm glad the world's finally caught onto it.
Jesse soon caught onto producing electronic music together with lifelong friend Rachid.
In each of their notes, our tasters caught onto key clues of development.
Companies, too, have caught onto the name-based bias trap, Itzkowitz said, and many use it to their advantage.
Over the past 25 years, more Arab women have caught onto the expat-dominated ball sport, playing on different teams within the Bahrain Expatriate Netball League including the rugby club, Dilmun club, British Club and Sri Lankan Club.
Soon we started to receive pictures from local people who had caught onto the idea and were painting their own dishes at home.
Before teaching abroad, he'd caught onto the idea of the negative impact of sitting too much.
Even Egyptian newspapers caught onto the pic we think is cute, and circulated the image of Jana themselves.
What women need to be wary of is the fact that the financial services industry has caught onto the rise of women, and the marketing gurus of the financial world have been actively targeting female investors.
Many of the luxury safari camps and lodges have caught onto the fact that it really appeals to people to sleep out under the African stars, with the noises of the bush around you and the milky way twinkling down on you.
He left once hotel employees caught onto his apparent subterfuge, and was only finally arrested six months later, during a traffic stop.
Someone on their way to work had noticed the bin was alight and had caught onto the porch roof.