take cold

take cold

To become ill with the common cold. I hate going to the doctor's office—I always seem to take cold after being around all those germs!
See also: cold, take
References in classic literature ?
"When one has drunk two good cupfuls of Elder-flower tea, 'tis likely enough one goes into warm climates"; and she tucked him up nicely, least he should take cold. "You have had a good sleep while I have been sitting here, and arguing with him whether it was a story or a fairy tale."
But according to them a whopping 45% of high rollers frequently take cold showers - compared with only 14% of those earning under pounds 10,000.