couldn't catch a cold

couldn't catch a cold

slang A jeer directed at an athlete who struggles with catching the ball. It is a pun in which the phrase "catch a cold" refers to becoming ill with the common cold (something that happens involuntarily). That bum in the outfield couldn't catch a cold—it's only the first inning, and he's already dropped two pop-ups!
See also: catch, cold
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I remember him last year being a neat kid to have on the team, but he couldn't catch a cold, he was skinny and not especially strong or fast.
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