catch+by+surprise

  • 61catch somebody unawares — • to take somebody unawares • to catch somebody unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to surprise to be caught unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to be taken by surprise When I am caught unawares I usually tell the truth. (I. Murdoch) The use of his… …

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  • 62catch\ one's\ breath — v. phr. 1. To breathe in suddenly with fear or surprise. The beauty of the scene made him catch his breath. Compare: take one s breath away 2a. To rest and get back your normal breathing, as after running. After running to the bus stop, we sat… …

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  • 63catch — v 1. grasp, snatch, grab, claw, pluck; grip, clutch, clench, hold, Basketball. palm; receive, acquire, come into possession of. 2. seize, capture, take captive, apprehend, stop, arrest, take into custody, Inf. nab, Sl. cop; entrap, trap, ensnare …

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  • 64catch one's breath — verb a) To take a break, or rest while doing a strenuous activity, so that ones breathing becomes easier. They stopped for a moment at the end of the set to catch their breath before resuming play. b) To take in a breath sharply and hold it,… …

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  • 65catch with one's pants down — {v. phr.}, {slang} To surprise someone in an embarrassing position or guilty act. * /They thought they could succeed in the robbery, but they got caught with their pants down./ * /When the weather turned hot in May, the drive in restaurant was… …

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  • 66catch with one's pants down — {v. phr.}, {slang} To surprise someone in an embarrassing position or guilty act. * /They thought they could succeed in the robbery, but they got caught with their pants down./ * /When the weather turned hot in May, the drive in restaurant was… …

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  • 67catch out — transitive verb Date: 1804 1. to detect in error or wrongdoing < caught him out committing perjury > 2. to take unawares or by surprise …

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  • 68catch napping — verb To surprise; to take advantage of the lack of watchfulness of …

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  • 69Catch out — 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise …

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  • 70catch out — Australian Slang 1. trap somebody, as into revealing a secret or displaying ignorance; 2. surprise …

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  • 71catch\ with\ one's\ pants\ down — v. phr. slang (smb) To surprise someone in an embarrassing position or guilty act. They thought they could succeed in the robbery, but they got caught with their pants down. When the weather turned hot in May, the drive in restaurant was caught&#8230; …

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  • 72catch one's breath — 1》 cease breathing momentarily in surprise or fear. 2》 rest after exercise to restore normal breathing. → breath …

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  • 73catch — I. v. a. 1. Grasp, seize, snatch, clutch, gripe, grasp, lay hold of, fasten upon. 2. Arrest, apprehend, capture. 3. Overtake, come up with. 4. Ensnare, entrap, entangle. 5. Captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate, bewitch, win. 6. Take (as a&#8230; …

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  • 74catch someone on the hop — British informal to surprise someone because you do something that they do not expect you to do Yesterday s developments caught the government on the hop …

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  • 75catch someone flat-footed — informal take someone by surprise the rise of regional conflicts has caught military planners flat footed …

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  • 76catch someone by surprise — …

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  • 77To catch fire — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of&#8230; …

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  • 78to catch it — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of&#8230; …

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  • 79To catch one's eye — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of&#8230; …

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  • 80To catch up — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of&#8230; …

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