1. as a mental process.
(a) to grasp the meaning, often in negative, e.g. I didn’t quite catch...
|Godey’s Mag. Apr. 406/2: I am a child myself. Do you catch? [DA].|
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Jan. [Internet] ‘I catch!’ he said. ‘Tong-war stuff. I recognize this dead Chink’.‘Million Buck Snatch!’|
|Ten Detective Aces Feb. [Internet] ‘Put that fat book away, Squirt, and go outdoors. I want you healthy, understand?’ ‘I ketch, Pop,’ the kid said.‘College for Crooks’ in|
|Strangers on a Train (1974) 30: We meet on a train, see, and nobody knows we know each other! Perfect alibis! Catch?|
|Long Good-Bye 99: First of course he has to anaesthetize with novocain. But if he likes your looks it didn’t have to be novocain. Catch?|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] catch v [...] 2. to hear, understand. (‘Did you catch that?’).|
(b) to find out, to discover.
|Baled Hay (1893) 53: She [...] has been trying to catch the combinations to the safes of several of our business men .|
|Jerry on the Job [comic strip] I’ll give the matter a short stick of thick thought – Maybe I can catch an answer.|
|(con. 1910s) Hell’s Kitchen 160: And doesn’t a scream go up, too, when one of them is ‘catched’ (found out).|
|Long Good-Bye 16: I caught the rest of it in one of those snob columns in the society section of the paper.|
(c) to notice, to appreciate.
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 72: ‘Catch this.’ Glenn jogged Buck with an elbow. ‘The sausage is goin to dance.’.|
2. of a person or object, to come into possession of, to take control of.
(a) to ensnare a victim in a confidence trick or crooked gambling game.
|London Guide 2: When two sharpers [...] pursuing the same game, meet [...] ‘What are you after,’ demands one. ‘Catching of flats,’ isd the reply.|
|Comic Almanack Apr. 86: ‘The fellow’s run away behind an omnibus without giving me change out of my half-crown.’ ‘That’s alvays the vay they does on these here hoccasions: they calls it catching a flat!’.|
|‘Drunkard’s Looking Glass!’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 91: They freely enter into chat / If they can but catch a flat.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 6 Jan. 8/4: C. W. (a good sport), will think twice before he lends a pig down on his luck the brass for another suit of ‘clobber.’ Even a man of the world like H.R. was caught for thick ’uns.|
|Chicago May: Her Story in Hamilton (1952) 128: I caught them all [...] University professors, ministers, priests, gamblers.|
|Sucker’s Progress 58: Oscar Wilde [...] was caught for several thousand dollars by Hungry Joe Lewis, a cadaverous crook.|
(b) to obtain, to get, to come into possession of a given item, lit. or fig.
|Gleaner (Manchester, NH) 12 Aug. n.p.: Look out Put or you will catch some [i.e. negative criticism].|
|‘Frank Fane’ in Pearl 11 May 12: And, crickey! it’s fun, To see Frank Fane catching Three floggings in one.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Mar. 24/2: That Cribb can punch, and punch hard, there’s no doubt; he and cyclist Larry Corbett had a quiet turn-up at Seale’s gymnasium [...] and Larry caught one that left him in doubt for three days as to whether his ribs were broken or not.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 438: I had three deuces and drew to them and caught a five and nine of clubs.‘Sun Cured’ in|
|Iron Man 188: Mandl drew to a pair of aces and caught an ace full.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 115: Was it all a lie about the old man catching a slug then?|
|Diamonds Are Forever (1958) 72: The gambling casinos of Saratoga were never square and anyone who caught a hot hand was measured for a trimming.|
|Pimp 75: Your ‘boon coon’ ‘Party’ caught sixty in the county.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 111: He caught a five-year bit in Joliet for fencing jewelry.|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 38: I wanted to get outa that jungle so goddam bad I tried to catch some shrap in my arm.|
|‘Pocket Full of Stones’ [lyrics] Started payin off the laws so I wouldn’t catch a case.|
|Corner (1998) 116: Her mother [...] caught a drug charge that took her to women’s prison.|
|At End of Day (2001) 34: [He] caught a breadknife in the belly from a husband and wife perfectly happy fighting with each other.|
|Night Gardener 55: He had caught trouble a couple of times every week since he started going there [i.e. a school].|
|Border [ebook] He catches a murder beef in here, his deal with the feds is gone.|
(c) (US prison) to make a good impression on.
|On the Yard (2002) 253: ‘Did I catch good with Candy?’ Red asked. ‘Sure [...] You fascinated her.’.|
(d) to seduce.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 14: Catch, v. To attract members of opposite sex.|
|No Beast So Fierce 79: You might catch a hooker, too. Enough of ’em come here.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines xviii: Le’s [...] dig on the young ladies, try an’ catch.|
|Mr Blue 241: Looks like you caught the absolutely fabulous Miss Yvonne Renee Dillon of Palm Springs and Hollywood.|
(e) (US black) of a pimp, to persuade a woman (whether already a prostitute or not) to start working for him.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 14: Catch, v. To find a prostitute who will support you.|
|‘Across 110th Street’ [lyrics] Across a Hundred and Tenth Street, pimps trying to catch a woman that’s weak.|
|On the Stroll 7: He had a pocketful of bills from last week’s three-card monte game: enough to catch a bitch if his luck held out.|
(f) (US black) of a prostitute, to attract a client.
|Street Players 32: Some whores catchin’ all their lives and still can’t get out of a cold-water flat.|
(g) (US black) to steal.
|A2Z 18/1: He had to prove he could catch a Polo sweater without getting caught.et al.|
(h) (US gang) to harm to kill.
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 167: ‘If somebody catch your cousin, it’s gonna hurt you more than killing you’.|
3. to experience; to encounter.
(a) of a show or other type of entertainment, to listen to, to watch; to attend.
|Broadway Melody 78: We still got it till Zannie catches it.|
|Metronome Mar. 40: Catch those lyrics in Don Redman’s Auld Lang Syne!|
|letter 18 Sept. in Charters I (1995) 71: I caught Ben Webster at the Three deuces on 52nd: he was wonderful.|
|Horn 221: Kelcy Crane is blowing goofy, goofy things, Baby, [...] Have you caught him yet?|
|Diet of Treacle (2008) 138: A whole mob of them [...] caught a late show in Times Square.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 58: They were catching the Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio’s last show.|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 153: You were catching the skin flicks along Forty-second Street?|
|Spidertown (1994) 88: We get some pasta up on Fordham, maybe catch a movie if it ain’t too late?|
|Robbers (2001) 346: Eddie shook his head, no, said he didn’t catch many movies.|
(b) (orig. US) to have a casual social encounter with.
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 227: Glenn patted his pockets. ‘I’m a little light. OK if I catch you later?’.|
|Central Sl. 14: catch To hit on a woman [...] ‘We goin’ to the Hutch tonight to catch.’.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 6: Catch: Talk to; see.|
|Robbers (2001) 5: Hey, no problem. I’ll catcha next time.|
4. to give.
|Vile Bodies 61: Take it away quick, or I’ll catch you such a smack.|
a bet made with the intention of ensnaring a gullible punter.
|Sl. Dict. 111: Catchbet a bet made for the purpose of entrapping the unwary by means of a paltry subterfuge.|
|Hull Dly Mail 29 Dec. 3/2: The circumstances led moreover to the now almost forgotten ‘catch’ bet as to a horse having won the Derby [...] when he was a two-year-old.|
|Portsmouth Eve. News 28 Oct. 4/4: Brown was induced to wager a sovereign on a catch bet.|
see also under relevant n. or adj.
(US black) to kill.
|A2Z 18/1: He say he be catchin’ bodies, but that sucka never pulled a trigga.et al.|
|‘Stakes Is High’ [lyrics] I hear you caught a body / Seem like every man and woman share the life of John Gotti.|
|Married to Da Streets 112: He knew if he even thought Tiffany was fucking around on him he was going to catch a body.|
|‘Shut Up’ [lyrics] I set trends, dem man copy / They catch feelings, I catch bodies.|
(US Und./prison) to be arrested, to be charged with a crime.
|Detroit Free Press 15 Nov. 100/1: I’d rather catch an a—whippin’ than catch a case’ in court .|
|Detroit Free Press 2 Sept. 3/7: She then said he warned her not to inform on him: ‘He is telling me don’t say anything [...] or he can catch a case’.|
|‘Feds in Town’ [lyrics] Cause Lil Bun might not see Big Bun up in his face / If I catch a fuckin case.|
|Running the Books 12: Caught a case is prisonese for getting in trouble with the law.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] One of these faggot muhfuckas gonna make me catch a case.|
|www.sportingnews.com [Internet] Let’s hope Julian Edelman doesn’t catch a case over past due Blockbuster video.|
1. to get into trouble, poss. through impetuousness.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Cold. You will catch Cold, a kind of threat or advice to desist.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Cold. You will catch cold at that; a vulgar threat or advice to desist from an attempt.|
2. to lose out financially, poss. after purchasing a supposed ‘bargain’, which proves to be otherwise.
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 202: ‘Catch cold (to) at a thing’ — to have the worst of betting, of a bargain, or contest — ruination sometimes.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 424: Catch a Cold (To). To get ‘wind up’.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 35: It wouldn’t be worth the risk of carrying them through the streets for the two or three nicker you were going to pick up. Yes, a screwsman sure would catch a cold here.|
3. (US prison) to be killed.
|Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL) 7 Apr. 4/1: Prison Slang [...] Catch cold: Get killed.|
see separate entries.
(W.I.) to experience an outburst of spontaneous joy.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(US black) to commit a robbery.
|A2Z 18/2: I’ma have to catch a pay if I can’t find work by the weekend.et al.|
to come to harm, to suffer grief.
|Lesclarcissement de la Langue Francoyse n.p.: Verbes: Catche copper, I catch harme.|
|Promos and Cassandra IV iv: Go to Barber, no more, least Copper you catch.|
1. (also catch it hot, …warm) to be severely reprimanded, punished or beaten.
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 3: ‘Stand clear the next time, otherwise you’ll catch it.’ ‘Catch what?’ [...] ‘A broomstick, you scoundrel!’.|
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 45: If he comes here too often a crossing me, he’ll ketch it.|
|‘“Taking Off” of Prince Albert’s Inexpressibles’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 36: My old woman heard me, and didn’t I cotch it nicely.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 Mar. 3/1: You remember when that yaller-faced varment of an overseer jacketed me for smugging [...] Strike me lucky if I shouldn’nt a cotch’d it if you Jemmy hand’t a sprung the plant.|
|Biglow Papers (1880) 22: Mind your eye, be thund’rin’ spry, or damn ye, you shall ketch it!|
|Dly Eve. Star (DC) 14 Jan. 1/3: How I cut up monkey shines / Every time his back was turned / How I sometimes used to catch it, / When I’d not my lesson learned.|
|Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Jan. 11/1: Didn't he catch it from White Surrey about the previous convictions?|
|Tom Brown’s School-Days (1896) 20: For which she would be sure to catch it from Missus’s maid.|
|Bill Arp 145: Poor Tennessee! I golly, didn’t she catch it!|
|Little Ragamuffin 252: He’d ha ketched it pretty hot, and serve him right, too.|
|Dick Temple II 109: I shall catch it, of course. I’m supposed to be your guardian angel.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 17/4: A few seconds only had, however elapsed, during which the Wellington man caught it once or twice on the ear.|
|My Secret Life (1966) VI 1263: A bugle in the barracks sounded [...] ‘If the sodgers ain’t in in five minutes, they’ll catch it’.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 122: Talking about bullying, [...] you all caught it pretty hot when you were fags, didn’t you?‘Moral Reformers’ in|
|Truth (Sydney) 11 Nov. 6/3: You know I nearly caught it hot, / It cost me pots, you know.|
|Typhoon 148: ‘We’re going to catch it this time,’ he said. ‘The barometer is tumbling down like anything, Harry.’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth)17 July 2nd sect. 10/3: The Premier of Victoria, Mr. Murray, is catching it hot from some of the papers.|
|Boys’ Best 20 Oct. 43: Catch it hot from your Head?|
|diary 8 May [Internet] Signallers are catching it warm they say & visual signalling is impossible.|
|diary 14 Mar. [Internet] The Maxim went off about 8, lasted about 10 minutes. Someone or something caught it.|
|Ulysses 201: I hope Edmund is going to catch it.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 20: Eh, but ye’ll catch it hot this time, me lad!|
|(con. WWI) Flesh in Armour 98: The big wood — the Tommies must have caught it from there.|
|Pig and Pepper (1990) 44: He’ll catch it!|
|Battlers 151: That young Tolly’ll catch it when his old man gets here.|
|Men of the Und. 136: The Pinkertons were really catching it.|
|According to Jennings (1991) 125: If you aren’t in bed in two seconds from now, Jennings, you’ll catch it hot.|
|Trust Jennings (1989) 45: Not so hot as you’ll catch it when Pinky Parkinson finds out.|
|Carlito’s Way 4: We caught it from everybody.|
|(con. 1940s) Singapore Grip 151: Run the bleedin’ hose out without a twist in it or ye’ll catch it hot, I’m tellin’ ye...|
|Donkey’s Years 60: Yule cotch it hot when yure Doddy hurs of duss.|
2. to be killed.
|‘The Company Idiot’ in Men, Women & Guns [ebook] It was the signal officer who tripped over it first—that huddled quiet body[...] ‘Somebody caught it here, poor devil’.|
3. to be shot.
|Kitchener’s Mob 184: ‘W’ere you caught it, mate?’ ‘In me bloomin’ shoulder.’.|
|Long Wait (1954) 74: He was sitting there and bang, just like that he caught it.|
|Mute Witness (1997) 71: He was up on one of the floors fixing a faucet or something around the time Rossi caught it.|
to find it hard to make enough money to live.
|Lonely Londoners 164: Although by and large, in truth and in fact, they catching their royal to make a living.|
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage 141/2: catch your nennen/royal/skin/tail.|
(US) to be killed or to be defeated so comprehensively as to feel physically sick.
|‘Scholar’s Lunch’ in AS XLV:3/4 (1970) 301: This is the expression, currently fashionable in Chicago, [...] ‘he caught his lunch,’ translation, ‘he lost so badly he became nauseated’.|
|(con. 1969) Grunts xiv: The grunts’ greatest fear [...] was of being killed, the most common terms for which were dinged, zapped, greased, blown away, caught his lunch, and bought the ranch.|
|Guys Like Us 141: The sticks were...catching their lunch from the Amalgamonsters.|
1. (US campus) to act obsequiously; to become jealous.
|‘Personal’ [lyrics] See me on T.V. and in the papers / See me at a jam, and catch vapors!|
|‘Vapors’ [lyrics] She’d be beggin’ please, dyin’ for the day to get skeezed, she caught the vapors.|
|‘Feels So Good’ [lyrics] I’m gettin papes, but stunts gets the vapes.|
|‘Big Willie’ [lyrics] I’m makin papers, brothers catchin vapors.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 6: Catch vapors: To get jealous.|
|‘Can You Handle It’ [lyrics] Just cause you caught the vapes and tryin to hang like drapes.|
|‘Don’t Give Up’ [lyrics] Try to walk in my footsteps, follow my traces, you caught the vapors.|
|Vibe July 93: But even as his fans catch vapors, T-Pain can't help but consider the irony of all this appreciation.|
|‘I Just Wanna’ [lyrics] They all catch them vapors like, “Yayo, you remember me?”.|
2. to desire sexually.
1. to get into trouble, to be beaten up.
|A2Z 18/2: They’re gonna catch wreck wearin’ colors in that hood.et al.|
|www.netweed.com 12 Mar. [Internet] Wanna see a brotha catch wreck in a fight?|
|Circle of Sins [ebook] Your welcome Manny but I don't want to catch wreck behind this. So you have to go.|
2. to gain respect by one’s activity, spec. to rap freestyle.
|A2Z 18/2: catch wreck [...] to gain respect by one’s activity: The shorties caught wreck at the jam last night.et al.|
|‘In the Flesh’ [lyrics] 5 MC’s in the flesh / Bound to catch wreck.|
|Hip Hop America [ebook] The WuTang Clan, whose posse [...] is packed with skilled rhyme animals who stalk thestage ready to ‘catch wreck’.|
SE in slang uses
(US) an illegitimate child.
|DN II:iii 137: catch-colt, n. An illegitimate child.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|You All Spoken Here 98: Come-by-chance child: Illegitimate; woods colt; bush colt; catch colt; old field colt; outsider; volunteer; yard child; bantlin’.|
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|New Canting Dict.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.|
|London Mag. Jan. 47/2: Shall a catch-fart (good Lord!) or a man in your station / Thus familiarly boast of a frank invitation.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Ape & Essence n.p.: Reason comes running, eager to ratify; / Comes, a catch-fart, with Philosophy, truckling to tyrants.|
see also under relevant n.
to be very drunk; thus caught a fox, drunk.
|Works (1869) III 5: For though he be as drunke as any Rat, / He hath but catcht a Foxe, or whipt the Cat.‘A Brood of Cormorants’|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: He has caught a Fox, he is very Drunk.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
(Aus.) to urinate.
|Aus. Lang. 89: To go and catch a horse, or kill a snake, to see a man about a dog.|
(Aus.) to look after oneself, to sort out one’s own problems without outside aid.
|Saga of a Sig 128: Some zest was added to the frolic because the troops concerned were required to run after the ‘sort’ they fancied along the sandy beach. A ‘catch and kill your own’ sort of romance if ever there was one!|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 23: Catch and kill your own Do the best one can for oneself.|
|Sydney Morning Herald 3 Dec. 5: She tendered her resignation [...] At a later Caucus meeting to elect her successor, there was a unanimous motion paying tribute to her work over the years. In the ALP, they catch and kill their own [GAW4].|
|Big Shots 271: Then she reminded me that the tradition of ‘catch and kill your own’ was perhaps alive and well.|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
(W.I.) to settle down, to understand what must be done.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
to catch unawares.
|Londinismen (2nd edn).|
1. (US tramp) to leave by train; to ‘ride the rails’.
|Arizona Quarterly 158: I got off a TP freight train [and] hurried toward the jungle where mainline hoboes waited to catch out west.|
|Rolling Nowhere 243: [It was a] good place to catch out. [...] ‘You sound like you’ve hopped a freight yourself.’.|
|Bluesman 31: Some of the men [...] knew exactly [...] what freight to catch out of the IC Yards of North Jackson.|
|Royal Family 716: How long you been catching out, son?|
|(con. 1930s)Riding the Rails 62: Hearts pounding as they waited to ‘catch out’ and board their first train.|
|It’s Superman 183: In the afternoon they catch out on a freight headed west.|
2. to go to work.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 200: catch out, v. – to go to work.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
3. (US prison) to leave, to go out.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Catch out: Move around, leave an area rapidly. (TX).|
(Irish) to catch in the act.
(orig. US) to find someone in a state of embarrassing unpreparedness, to catch someone ‘red-handed’; often used ‘literally’ of sexual infidelities.
|(IL) Tel. and Democratic Rev. 7 Feb. 1/1: That their appearance in our journal [...] should have caught the principal actors with their breeches down, was to be expected.|
|White Cloud Kansas Chief (KS) 3 Apr. 2/4: The rebels hoped, in the sublime language of Gen. Scott, to ‘catch the Union troops with their breeches down’.|
|Dly Nat. Republican (DC) 14 July 2/4: The glorious fourth, if it came one day late for Gettysburg, was just in season to catch Franklin Pierce with his trousers down at Concord.|
|Petroleum Centre Dly Record (PA) 30 Nov. 2/3: I will catch lots of these chaps with their breeches down when they go to hauling their wheat to market.|
|[||Tough Trip Through Paradise (1977) 101: So he started with his pants down, but his comeback would come when he got hold of Betsy Ann, and then he would perforate me with lead].|
|Pickens Sentinel (SC) 9 Sept. 3/1: We will [...] not let the other fellow catch us with our breeches down.|
|Ulysses 97: Must be careful about women. Catch them once with their pants down. Never forgive you after that.|
|[||(con. 1918) Red Pants 42: ‘They may give us a shot ... no such luck, though.’ ‘Aw, they might – at ten to one, if they thought we had our pants down’].|
|Gas-House McGinty 36: He got canned. Was caught on duty with his pants down.|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 96: Everybody is caught with his pants down, including the strip teasers who wear no pants.|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 224: Now they caught you with your pants down and you are nothing but a nigger.|
|Keep It Crisp 7: Well, I guess you caught me with my pants down.‘Hell In the Gaberdines’ in|
|Lucifer with a Book 274: But they were caught with their pants down.|
|Long Wait (1954) 33: The town blossomed out in some of the fanciest gambling houses ever seen and the good citizens were caught with their pants down.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 12: We caught him with his pants down. Right in the place.|
|(con. 1916) Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 144: They caught your men with their pants down, evidently, and ran off with their horses.|
|Jones Men 202: You don’t get caught with your draws [sic] down.|
|Last Seen Wearing in Second Inspector Morse Omnibus ) (1994) 511: Somebody caught him with one of the girls with his trousers down.|
|(con. 1969) Dispatches 12: We aim to make good and goddammit sure that if those guys try anything cute they won’t catch us with our pants down.|
|Spike Island (1981) 176: I would sooner catch him with his trousers down – in every possible sense of the word! – and grab ’im and that’s it.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 108: Caught most of the bastards with their pants down.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 104: By being unprepared we was caught with our knickers well and truly down.West in|
|(con. 1968) Citadel (1989) 157: Got caught with my ratty-assed trousers down around my jungle boots.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 99: County ground where the city D.A. would be just another john caught with his pants down.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 5: Restaurants [...] you catch with their pants down.|
|Daily Mississippian 5 Feb. [Internet] As for Bill Clinton, he should act his age by not getting caught with his breeches down for the next two years.|
|Guardian Editor 18 Feb. 14: Sara Lee has caught Courtaulds with its knickers down.|
|‘Fandango’ on Poetic Village [Internet] Washington’s trap laid / so very well / William [i.e. Bill Clinton] caught with / his breeches down.|
|A Steady Rain I i: We caught them pants down with all this pharmaceutical grade H and coke.|
see rays n.
(US Und.) to move from a local jail to a proper prison.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 200: catch the chain, v. – to leave on the bus.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Prison Sl. 9: Waiting to Catch the Chain Inmates waiting to be transferred from jail to a prison. (Archaic: ship, ride).|
|OG Dad 60: In my case, insteasd of heading off to Quentin, I am catching the chain to Old Dad Supermax.|
to get drunk.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
to play a trick on an innocent countryman, who is decoyed into a barn under the pretext of catching an owl; when he enters, a bucket of water is poured upon his head.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: owl to catch the owl, a trick practised upon ignorant country boobies, who are decoyed into a barn under pretence of catching an owl, where after divers preliminaries, the joke ends in their having a pail of water poured upon their heads.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(US campus) phr. used as a challenge to fight .
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 2: CATCH THESE HANDS — I am willing to fight: ‘I was so mad I said ‘you’d better catch these hands’.|
see separate entries.
(orig. US black) goodbye.
|Rearguard 78: I’ll catch you later, Fellie.|
|Iron City 75: Catch you later.|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 55: I’ll catch you later, Lee-Boy.|
|Ghetto Sketches 121: I’ll catch y’all later.|
|Minder [TV script] 84: Catch you later.‘Minder on the Orient Express’|
|Trainspotting 23: Anyway, catch yis later folks.|
|Powder 501: ‘Cool,’ said Knopf, turning on his heel. ‘Catch ya.’.|
|Observer Mag. 19 Mar. 67: I’m off now, catch you later.|
|Young Team 72: ‘Catch yees, lads’.|
(US campus) goodbye.
|CB Slanguage 21: Catch: talk to; e.g. ‘Catch you on the flip-flop’.|
|‘Convoy’ [lyrics] Well, mercy sakes, good buddy, we gonna back on outta here, so keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your tail. We’ll catch you on the flip-flop. This here’s the Rubber Duck on the side. We gone. ’bye, ’bye.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Sl. and Sociability 100: The parting remarks of college students follow the same patterns, as in the long-standing check you later, an elliptical statement that refers to a future meeting. Variations are catch you later, check you on the flip side, catch you on the flip flop.|
see separate entry.
a defiant excl. implying that one will never be caught.
|Belle’s Stratagem III ii: May I be a bottle, and an empty bottle, if you catch me at that!|
|Lawrie Todd II Pt V 143: ‘Catch me,’ said I, when we settled the business, ‘Catch me again at such costly daffin.’.|
|Dombey and Son (1970) 240: ‘You have a committee to-day at three, you know.’ ‘And one at three, three-quarters,’ added Mr. Dombey, ‘Catch you at forgetting anything!’ exclaimed Carker.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Nov. 13/3: Fairy ‘Hoo! Catch me! Don’t that bloke love ’isself!’ / Woster ‘Well, I reckon he does; that’s the coot wot give our old man three years.’.|