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catch

1. verb To see, and perhaps apprehend, someone in the act of doing something (often something nefarious). The robbers were arrested when the police caught them looting another house. I don't watch to catch you kids doing this ever again—the tool shed is far too dangerous to play in!
2. verb, slang To see or hear a specific program or event, typically as broadcast on the TV or radio. Did you catch the game last night? What a crazy ending!
3. verb To hear and/or understand something that has been said. I'm sorry, I didn't catch that last part. Can you repeat it?
4. verb To contract a contagious illness. All of my students are sick right now, so I'm not surprised that I've caught a cold, too. With the way you've been sneezing all day, I really hope I don't catch what you have!
5. verb To encounter or meet with someone, typically for the purpose of communicating with them. This usage often suggests that the person is busy or rushed, and therefore may have limited availability. Hey, I'm glad I caught you—how's your mom doing? Peg has to sign off on your expense report, so be sure to catch her before she leaves the office. I'll catch you later, man.
6. verb To receive a punishment or reprimand. The phrase "catch it" is usually used for this usage. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch it from my parents!
7. verb To notice a problem, error, or inconsistency, often one that is inconspicuous. Oh, Jen caught that spelling error—I never even noticed it.
8. verb To notice or detect something. Did you catch the joke at the beginning of the movie? It was pretty subtle. I opened the window and caught a whiff of dinner cooking next door.
9. verb In baseball or softball, to play the position of catcher. Joe is sick, so we need someone else to catch tonight.
10. verb To reach a mode of transportation before it departs. Of course we hit a major traffic jam when I have a plane to catch! Oh, she did catch the bus—the driver saw her running and waited for her.
11. verb To stop oneself from doing something. In this usage, "catch" is followed by a reflexive pronoun. Bill tripped over the step but managed to catch himself on the railing before falling. I almost asked about her boyfriend when I caught myself, remembering that they had broken up.
12. noun A game in which two or more people throw a ball back and forth between them. Now that the weather is nice, you boys should go outside and play catch.
13. noun A problem, drawback, or hidden detriment, often one that is initially concealed as a means of entrapment. I know this sounds like a great job offer, but there's a pretty big catch—I'd have to move across the country. Why are you selling this for so little? What's the catch?
14. noun An audible break or hesitation in one's voice (typically when one is very emotional). When I heard the catch in her voice, I knew my mom had bad news for me.
15. noun An amount of something that has been caught or captured, such as while fishing. A: "What was your catch today, boys?" B: "Not great, Earl—only five fish."
16. noun The identification or recognition of a problem, error, or inconsistency, often one that is inconspicuous. I never would have noticed that spelling error—good catch!
17. noun An ideal suitor or prospective mate. Tom's a good-looking guy with a six-figure income—he's a real catch!

catch it

To receive a punishment or reprimand. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch it from my parents!
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catch something

Fig. to see or listen to something. I will try to catch that new movie this weekend. Did you catch that radio program about cancer last night?

catch it

to get into trouble and receive punishment. I know I'm going to catch it for denting mom's car when I get home. Bob hit Billy in the face. He really caught it from the teacher for that.
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catch it

Also, get it. Receive a punishment or scolding, as in If I forget anything on the shopping list, I'll catch it, or I'm really going to get it when I turn in my paper late. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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ˈcatch it

(British English) (American English catch ˈhell, ˈget it) (spoken) be punished or spoken to angrily about something: If your dad finds out you’ll really catch it!
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catch

1. n. a drawback. Okay, that sounds good, but what’s the catch?
2. tv. to view something; to attend something; to hear something. Did you catch Gone with the Wind on TV?

catch it

Informal
To receive a punishment or scolding.
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The poor relations caught the people who they thought would like it, and, when the game flagged, got caught themselves.
The Lady Chiefs caught themselves off-guard in the second set before regaining their composure in the last two frames to post their fourth straight win.
He said: "The first thing we advise people to do if they do become stuck in the mud is remain calm and stop others from approaching, as they may get caught themselves.
During the Second World War, Sir Richard, along with Sir Adrian, led the British to victory over the Italians in Africa and captured 130,000 prisoners before they were overpowered by Hitler's forces and caught themselves.
As an amateur naturalist, I don't think it is very common for fish predators to feed on fish that they haven't caught themselves.
Still, Billion-Dollar Fish is an eye-opener for those who have caught themselves pondering the origins of their fried fish sandwiches.
But "Tomb Raider's" producers caught themselves in a (http://blogs.
Wayne said: "I enjoy what I do so much that I rarely class it as work; there's no better feeling than watching somebody reeling up a fish they've caught themselves.
After a few minutes, both caught themselves and assumed more conventional poses.
If they caught themselves zoning out, they pressed a key labeled ZO.
Participants were asked to give a detailed narrative description of any errors during the shift or if they had caught themselves before making an error.
Observing animal behavior may seem dull to city folk but only because they have never caught themselves smiling while waiting for a flock of ducks to form a single line before waddling out of the barn in the morning.
This is not necessarily a criticism of the providers and the deliverers of funding, as they are often caught themselves by the requirement to meet their own targets and performance indicators.
It is a winter home to hardy, significant people who know the value of things, and a summer home to pale refugees from Minneapolis who come to catch the world-class Wall Eye Pike and end up being caught themselves with that same nasty barbed northern hook which had dragged me across the Atlantic.
On the other hand, part of a store worker's job was to catch shoplifters, and Ohrbach's and Klein's extensive networks of informants and detectives ensured that any store workers who did take part in shoplifting, even to the point of allowing custo mers to get away with it, might well get caught themselves.