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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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The match had been rearranged from March 3 due to snow and Holloway quipped: "Villa caught us cold the other week.
It was one of those days up there but they played well, caught us cold and made an example of us.
In the second half they caught us cold in the first five minutes and it was hard to come back from there, especially playing on a slope like this and against the wind.
And then within three minutes of the restart they caught us cold on the counter-attack.
Sadly, Newport had a game plan, caught us cold and I was genuinely heartbroken at Wembley.
And Bears team manager Jitendra Duffill said: "The visitors certainly caught us cold as it was our first fixture of the season, whereas the Diamonds had several matches under their belt.
Scotland caught us cold a bit and that's something we've talked about this week.
They caught us cold but we got back in gear as soon as we could.
He said: "They caught us cold early on and scored to put us on the back foot but we came back and this was a massive victory for us.
Griffiths, a Bridgend outside- half 11 years ago said: "They caught us cold in the first 10 minutes when they went 17-3 up.
Plymouth manager Tony Pulis, who saw his side reduced to 10 men following Paul Connolly's second-half sending-off, said: "Derby caught us cold but it was a good header to the back post by Bolder.
They have a big pack and they caught us cold a couple of times up there," said Cov's rugby administrator Ian Carvell.
Last season we beat them comfortably in the league a few weeks before the play-off match but they changed their tactics and caught us cold.