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To cast in one's teeth
To cast in the teeth
To cast lots
To cast off
To cast off copy
To cast one's colt's tooth
To cast one's self
To cast out
To cast the lead
To cast the water
To cast up
To cat the anchor
To catch a crab
To catch a tartar
To catch at
to catch it
To catch one's eye
To catch up
To catch up with
To catch upon the hip
To cave in
To chalk out
To challenge the array
To challenge to the
To change a horse or To change hand
To change hand
To change hands
To change one's tune
To change step
To chant or chaunt

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Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caughtor 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 capere to take, catch. See Capacious, and cf. Chase, Case a box.] 1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball. 2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. ``They pursued . . . and caught him.'' --Judg. i. 6. 3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish. 4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. ``To catch him in his words''. --Mark xii. 13. 5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. ``Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue.'' --Tennyson. 6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building. 7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm. The soothing arts that catch the fair. --Dryden. 8. To get possession of; to attain. Torment myself to catch the English throne. --Shak. 9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire. 10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing. 11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train. To catch fire, to become inflamed or ignited. to catch it to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.] To catch one's eye, to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] ``You catch me up so very short.'' --Dickens. To catch up, to snatch; to take up suddenly.



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