I’m sure you’re all familiar with the verb “catch” in a sentence like “to catch a baseball”. But “catch” is also used in many English idioms, especially in informal English.
Have you ever heard the expression “catch up with someone”? It’s quite common and has a number of meanings. One meaning is to meet a friend to share information and get up-to-date news (or maybe gossip), for example “How about we catch up sometime next week for a coffee?”.
The verb “catch” is also often used in many other idioms, so I’ve included a few more below.
|catch on||to become popular; widespread||The use of use of smart phones has really caught on over the past few years.|
|catch the eye||to get attention; to get noticed||I can’t believe I caught the eye of the baseball scout!|
|catch red-handed||to catch a person doing something wrong/bad||My little brother was caught red-handed stealing cookies from the cupboard.|
|catch you later||a phrase used to finish an informal conversation = “see you later”||A:”Anyway, catch you later”
B:”Yeah, see you soon”.