catch at somebody

catch at somebody
ˈclutch/ˈcatch at sth/sb derived
to try to quickly get hold of sth/sb
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  • catch — [kætʆ] verb caught PTandPP [kɔːt ǁ kɒːt] [transitive] 1. be caught in something to be in a situation that is difficult to escape from: • The government is caught in the middle of the dispute. • The yen was caught in a downward spiral. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • catch somebody up — ˌcatch ˈup (with sb) derived (BrE also ˌcatch sb ˈup) 1. to reach sb who is ahead by going faster • Go on ahead. I ll catch up with you. • I ll catch you up. 2. to reach the same level or standard as sb who was better or m …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody red-handed — catch sb red ˈhanded idiom to catch sb in the act of doing sth wrong or committing a crime Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody with their pants down — catch sb with their ˈpants down idiom (BrE also catch sb with their ˈtrousers down) (informal) to arrive or do sth when sb is not expecting it and not ready, especially when they are in an embarrassing situation Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody with their trousers down — catch sb with their ˈpants down idiom (BrE also catch sb with their ˈtrousers down) (informal) to arrive or do sth when sb is not expecting it and not ready, especially when they are in an embarrassing situation Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody's eye — catch sb s ˈeye idiom to attract sb s attention • Can you catch the waiter s eye? Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody napping — catch sb ˈnapping idiom (BrE) to get an advantage over sb by doing sth when they are not expecting it and not ready for it Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody on the hop — catch sb on the ˈhop idiom (informal) to surprise sb by doing sth when they are not expecting it and not ready for it Main entry: ↑catchidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody on the raw — catch/touch sb on the ˈraw f8 idiom (BrE) to upset sb by reminding them of sth they are particularly sensitive about Main entry: ↑rawidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch somebody's fancy — catch/take sb s ˈfancy idiom to attract or please sb • She looked through the hotel advertisements until one of them caught her fancy. Main entry: ↑fancyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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