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      n   a well-known frequently used phrase, esp. one associated with a particular group, etc.  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
      vb   , catches, catching, caught  
1    tr   to take hold of so as to retain or restrain  
he caught the ball     
2    tr   to take, seize, or capture, esp. after pursuit  
3    tr   to ensnare or deceive, as by trickery  
4    tr   to surprise or detect in an act  
he caught the dog rifling the larder     
5    tr   to reach with a blow  
the stone caught him on the side of the head     
6    tr   to overtake or reach in time to board  
if we hurry we should catch the next bus     
7    tr   to see or hear; attend  
I didn't catch the Ibsen play     
8    tr   to be infected with  
to catch a cold     
9    to hook or entangle or become hooked or entangled  
her dress caught on a nail     
10    to fasten or be fastened with or as if with a latch or other device  
11    tr   to attract or arrest  
she tried to catch his eye     
12    tr   to comprehend  
I didn't catch his meaning     
13    tr   to hear accurately  
I didn't catch what you said     
14    tr   to captivate or charm  
15    tr   to perceive and reproduce accurately  
the painter managed to catch his model's beauty     
16    tr   to hold back or restrain  
he caught his breath in surprise     
17    intr   to become alight  
the fire won't catch     
18    tr     (Cricket)   to dismiss (a batsman) by intercepting and holding a ball struck by him before it touches the ground  
19    intr; often foll by: at  
a    to grasp or attempt to grasp  
b    to take advantage (of), esp. eagerly  
he caught at the chance     
20    intr; used passively  
Informal   to make pregnant  
21    catch it  
Informal   to be scolded or reprimanded  
22    catch oneself on  
Slang   to realize that one's actions are mistaken  
23    the act of catching or grasping  
24    a device that catches and fastens, such as a latch  
25    anything that is caught, esp. something worth catching  
26    the amount or number caught  
27    Informal   a person regarded as an eligible matrimonial prospect  
28    a check or break in the voice  
29    a break in a mechanism  
30    Informal  
a    a concealed, unexpected, or unforeseen drawback or handicap  
b    (as modifier)  
a catch question     
31    a game in which a ball is thrown from one player to another  
32      (Cricket)   the catching of a ball struck by a batsman before it touches the ground, resulting in him being out  
33      (Music)   a type of round popular in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, having a humorous text that is often indecent or bawdy and hard to articulate  
   See       round       31       canon   1       7     (See also)        catch on       catch out       catch up  
     (C13 cacchen to pursue, from Old Northern French cachier, from Latin captare to snatch, from capere to seize)  
  catchable      adj  

a    something designed to cover a variety of situations or possibilities  
b    (as modifier)  
a catch-all clause     
1    a style of wrestling in which trips, holds below the waist, etc., are allowed  
2      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   using any method or opportunity that comes to hand  
catch basin  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       catch pit  
catch crop  
      n   a quick-growing crop planted between two regular crops grown in consecutive seasons, or between two rows of regular crops in the same season  
catch on  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to become popular or fashionable  
2    to grasp mentally; understand  
catch out  
      vb   tr, adv  
Informal     (chiefly Brit)   to trap (a person), esp. in an error or doing something reprehensible  
catch phrase  
      n   a well-known frequently used phrase, esp. one associated with a particular group, etc.  
catch pit  
      n   a pit in a drainage system in which matter is collected that might otherwise block a sewer,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    catch basin  
catch points  
      pl n   railway points designed to derail a train running back in the wrong direction to prevent collision with a following train  
1    a situation in which a person is frustrated by a paradoxical rule or set of circumstances that preclude any attempt to escape from them  
2    a situation in which any move that a person can make will lead to trouble  
     (C20: from the title of a novel (1961) by J. Heller)  
catch up  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to seize and take up (something) quickly  
2    when intr, often foll by: with   to reach or pass (someone or something), after following  
he soon caught him up     
3    intr; usually foll by: on or with   to make up for lost ground or deal with a backlog (in some specified task or activity)  
4    tr; often passive   to absorb or involve  
she was caught up in her reading     
5    tr   to raise by or as if by fastening  
the hem of her dress was caught up with ribbons     
safety catch  
      n   a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    apprehend, arrest, capture, clutch, ensnare, entangle, entrap, feel one's collar     (slang)   get, grab, grasp, grip, lay hold of, lift     (slang)   nab     (informal)   nail     (informal)   seize, snare, snatch, take  
2    catch in the act, detect, discover, expose, find out, surprise, take unawares, unmask  
3    bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enrapture, fascinate  
4    contract, develop, get, go down with, incur, succumb to, suffer from  
5    apprehend, discern, feel, follow, get, grasp, hear, perceive, recognize, sense, take in, twig     (Brit. informal)  
6    bolt, clasp, clip, fastener, hasp, hook, hook and eye, latch, sneck     (dialect, chiefly Scot. & N. English)   snib     (Scot.)  
7    disadvantage, drawback, fly in the ointment, hitch, snag, stumbling block, trap, trick  
,       vb  
1    drop, free, give up, liberate, loose, release  
3    alienate, bore, disenchant, disgust, fail to interest, repel  
4    avert, avoid, escape, ward off  
7    advantage, benefit, bonus, boon, reward  

catch on     
comprehend, find out, get the picture, grasp, see, see the light of day, see through, twig     (Brit. informal)   understand  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
the carrot is more effective than the stick
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing (of the lyrics of a song for example)
Comes from "and Lady Mondegreen", a misinterpretation of the line "and laid him on the green" from the Scottish ballad "The Bonnie Earl O' Moray".
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
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