Here are some idiomatic expression using the word ‘catch’.
Catch somebody’s eye
To catch somebody’s eye is to get their attention.
- A sudden movement behind the curtain caught my eye.
When you try to catch someone’s eye, you are trying to get their attention.
- I tried to catch her eye, but she was busy talking to others.
Something that catches your eye will most probably be attractive or different.
- It was her diamond necklace that caught my eye.
Catch your breath
To catch your breath is to wait and rest for a moment after a period of frenetic activity.
- You are too tired. Sit down and catch your breath.
- It was such a hectic day. I couldn’t even catch my breath.
Catch somebody napping
If someone is caught napping, they are not prepared for something that happens to them.
- The teacher caught me napping when she asked me to repeat what she had just said because I was not listening.
Catch your death of cold
To catch your death of cold is to catch a very bad cold.
- Don’t go out now. It is freezing cold and you will catch your death of cold.
You find yourself in a catch-22 situation when you can’t do something until you have done another thing which you can’t do until you have done the first thing. In other words, a catch-22 situation is an impossible situation.
Catch somebody with their pants / trousers down
To catch somebody with their pants down is to discover them doing something they want to keep secret.
- The minister had taken bribes and the press caught him with his pants down. Now he is facing criminal charges.