1.1(ball/object) agarrar(ball/object) coger Spainhe caught her by the arm/wrist — la agarró del brazo/de la muñeca
- There were always pots across one wall of her sitting room to catch the drops.
- Spread newspaper everywhere to catch the drops and make sure your room is well-ventilated.
- You don't want them looking at the table and thinking: Chelsea are too far ahead for us to catch them.
- There was almost an element of teasing the pursuing Gary Smith, for the centre-half came close to catching the fleet-footed striker.
- Cover the ground with canvas drop cloths to catch the paint chips.
- Her hopes of a medal were effectively dashed when she made slight contact with a barrier and used her final efforts trying to catch the bronze-medal group.
- Every time there's even a semblance of running water, we put something under the faucet to catch the precious drops.
- The guard dropped his rifle to catch the incoming equipment.
- He caught them with little effort, looked at them, and then smiled wide showing plenty of teeth.
- The winner, ridden by Chris McCarron, caught the Irish horse in the run in and came out in front.
- Could I run out to the fields and tell the boys fast enough for them to catch Hector before he reached town?
- Two people went up each tree while the third person ran around below with the backpack, trying to catch the fruit they dropped down.
- He jumped up, just barely catching the baseball thrown by his father.
- Lavan chases after Yaakov and upon catching him accuses Yaakov of stealing his Terafim.
- Waking up from its slumber in cool waters, it sluggishly walks around, often opening its mouth to catch the banana thrown by the woman walking along with her.
- He tossed both knives into the air and caught them before dropping into a crouch like his brother.
- He quickly dropped the knife and caught the blood in his palm before it could drip onto the coverlet.
- It's a conditioned reflex learnt in the pubs of south Wales, where he'd catch beer bottles thrown at him by angry boyfriends and disarm them with a grin and a glug.
- I headed to the Myers house; I wasn't fast enough to catch Theo before he headed inside so I knocked on the door.
- Nearing Poer Head, Conor and Denise Phelan in Endeavour managed to catch them but could not pass clear ahead.
- He was unable to catch the Briton ahead of him.
- At Christmas, there is a store that gives away the unsold Christmas trees to anyone who can catch one when thrown in the air by the owner.
- Try as Emilion might, he could not teach me to throw and catch the pesky things properly.
- She snatched up her shirt and boombox, rubbing the back of her hand over her forehead, catching the sweat drops before they fell.
- He says the people of Poland must work hard because they have a struggle ahead to catch the other countries of the West.
- Cyrus had to react quickly with the napkin to catch the drop of spaghetti sauce that had fallen from his lips.
- However, once he got to third, Harvey and Templeman were just too far ahead for Westbrook to catch them.
- Her tongue darted out faster than humanly possible, catching a drop on the tip.
- She spins around like a little girl with her tongue sticking out to catch the drops.
- A childish glee overtook her, and she put out her tongue to catch the falling rain drops.
- Brooke hurried over, and made it in time to slip a paper towel under his nose to catch the first few drops of blood.
- His head was tilted back, his hands splayed out as if to catch drops from a leaking firmament.
1.2(capture, trap)(mouse/lion) atrapar(lion/mouse) coger Spain(fish) pescar(fish) coger Spaincatch me if you can! — ¡a que no me agarras!
- he got caught — lo cogieron
- she got caught — (se) quedó embarazada
- So far it had caught four mice, which he was certain were all different ones, rather than being the same one returning each time.
- Anybody can get lucky and catch a single fish that's worth a prize.
- The easiest time of the year to catch rabbit is winter.
- It was the fourth largest rainbow trout caught at the venue since 1979.
- The soldiers said they caught several species of fish including carp and a large catfish.
- We never made any secret of the fact that we used dogs to catch rabbits.
- It always seemed to me that it was pretty rare for the hunt actually to catch a fox.
- The Welsh terrier is a rough-coated animal with droopy ears, originally bred in Wales to catch rats, mice and other vermin.
- Government workers tried to catch the creature by laying cages and shooting it with tranquilliser darts, but they failed.
- Very few city dwellers are willing to go to the trouble of catching a wild cat, which is a dangerous exercise anyway.
- The culprit was quickly caught and thrown into a maximum security holding cell.
- The hunt, which was out for about four hours, did not catch a fox.
- ‘No they are catching them and throwing them back into the water,’ I explained.
- If you catch them you should throw them back in, or at very least agree not to take the three points.
- If the fox is caught, it is killed extremely quickly by the lead hound, which has a weight of five times that of the fox.
- When the rabbit season comes, we hunt and catch a few rabbits.
- They feed cattle, dogs and cats because those animals are useful in daily life - cattle work in the fields, dogs protect the home and cats catch mice.
- Traps of this kind, which are designed to catch foxes and rabbits, have been outlawed since 1954 when the Pest Act came into force.
- Nowadays, with cats getting fed so well by their owners, they don't bother about catching mice for food, they use them as playthings, along with birds and other harmless creatures.
- We arrived back at the Inn late that afternoon without having caught a single fish.
2.1(take by surprise)agarrarcoger Spainpillar informalpescar informalshe caught him reading her mail — lo pilló leyendo sus cartas informal
- (you won't) catch me going there again! — ¡a mí no me vuelven a ver el pelo por ahí!
- you won't catch me falling for that one! — pierde cuidado, que esa yo no me la trago
- you won't catch her in on a Saturday night — un sábado por la noche no la pillas / pescas en casa
- we got caught in the rain — nos pescó la lluvia
- He repressed an urge to call for help, realizing how it would look if anyone caught him in this situation.
- Flushing a bit upon catching herself staring at him, Meira lowered her head quickly so as not to be noticed.
- The fact is that it is ineffective in cases of proven crime and criminals who have been caught red-handed.
- Unless we catch them throwing a bottle or dropping litter all we can do is ask them to leave.
- She was caught by our photographer dropping bags of bread for the birds near the town bridge.
- In August 2001 he was caught at the wheel of his car while more than three times over the legal limit.
- But boy were we wrong when we caught him last night in a hot new nightclub in town getting down and dirty.
- Funnily enough, I was almost caught in a compromising situation earlier by one of the engineers.
- But the exercise continues as the police do not want to be caught napping.
- Do not be taken by surprise if you are caught for speeding or riding without helmets this week.
- But as Alex began to unbutton his pants, she quickly turned her head, afraid he would catch her looking.
- To their surprise they caught him with a soldier on Hampstead Heath.
- My last stepfather, upon catching me acting out the putrid stories, declared me crazy.
- The individual was sentenced to six years in jail in July 2003 after being caught with a haul of heroin.
- But Frank returns unexpectedly and catches the two together in a confrontation that will change everyone's lives.
- Muscat was once caught naughtily propelling a clump of mud in the direction of an opponent stepping up to take a penalty.
- For the second week in a row a top Irish jockey was caught dropping his hands on a winning placed horse.
- He spends all of his waking hours hatching schemes to catch the thief red-handed.
- An under-age driver caught at the wheel of a car has been warned that he could be locked up if he drives again within a year.
- Police must be on top at all times and not caught napping when criminals strike.
2.2(intercept)(person) alcanzarrun and catch him — corre a ver si lo alcanzas
3.1(plane/train) (take) tomar(train/plane) (take) coger Spain(train/plane) (be in time for) alcanzarI only just caught it — lo alcancé con el tiempo justo
- I only just catch my train, quickly jump on the first carriage, and bury myself in my morning paper.
- It is not as if you can catch a bus or train, or hail a cab to go anywhere.
- One couple from Malton said they could catch the train from home and that the bus simply did not offer enough comfort.
- I caught the train and it was really nice to just sit back and read.
- Passengers would be able to spend time in the city before booking in and catching a new secure rail service to their flight.
- They were then taken to buy visas and had to reach Cancun to catch a flight to Cuba.
- The next morning I caught a bus to east Leeds and walked about.
- Then I had to catch a bus, then a train, and walk quite a way to the house.
- Older people don't all have cars and must cross the road to catch the bus.
- Your mother and I caught a bus from the airport last time.
- Mr North now has to catch a bus and a train to get to work which takes him two hours.
- I caught the train to Slovenia with a local, who was happy to tell me a bit about the country and help me master a few language basics.
- Police also want to speak to three men who caught a train about 8.40 pm and were overheard talking about the incident.
- Back in London he caught a train from King's Cross to York.
- The group stayed on that boat for several hours, then unexpectedly disembarked and caught a later boat.
- They stayed overnight in London and the next day caught another train to Brighton for their week-long honeymoon.
- The pair fled in a taxi to Hull, where they caught the first train to Manchester and later went to London where they were finally arrested.
- I alighted from the train at Huddersfield and caught a bus to New Mill.
- At the end of that week, Pip drops Herbert off to catch his ship to Cairo.
- I slept another night and caught the train the next morning.
3.2(manage to see, hear)there's a movie I'd like to catch — hay una película que no me quiero perder
- we'll just catch the end of the game — todavía podemos pescar el final del partido
- we could catch a movie before dinner — podríamos ir al cine antes de cenar
4(entangle, trap)I caught my skirt on a nail — se me atoró la falda en un clavo Mexico
- I caught my finger in the drawer — me pillé el dedo en el cajón
- I got caught in a traffic jam — me cogió un atasco
- these people are caught in a cycle of poverty — esta gente está atrapada en un círculo de pobreza
5.1(attract, arrest)try to catch his attention — trata de atraer su atención
- the concept caught the imagination of the young — el concepto estimuló la imaginación de los jóvenes
5.2(apprehend)did you catch what she said? — ¿oíste / entendiste lo que dijo?
- I didn't catch the name — no entendí / capté el nombre
- I don't quite catch your meaning — no acabo de entender / de captar lo que quieres decir
- he caught the look in her eye — le leyó la mirada
- I caught the aroma of fresh coffee — me llegó el aroma de café recién hecho
5.3(likeness/spirit/mood) captar(mood/likeness/spirit) reflejar
- It really catches the feel of Dave's work.
- His mastery was in describing exciting events and in catching the flavor of the moment.
- He explores the space, catches its relationship and represents it in various forms.
6(become infected with)(disease) contagiarse de(disease) contraer formalhe caught the disease — contrajo la enfermedad formal
- to catch a cold — coger un resfriado
- I caught (the) measles from him — me contagió el sarampión
- he's caught that habit from his girlfriend — esa costumbre se le ha pegado de su novia
- I caught his enthusiasm — se me pegó su entusiasmo
- Thomas, who regularly catches urinary infections, urgently needs surgery to expand his bladder to ensure he will not suffer kidney failure.
- If you catch the flu, carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels and adjust your diabetes medication as needed.
- I thought that he had probably caught cat flu and was going to die.
- This can help symptoms, but patients are at risk from catching pneumonia or developing an air leak where the lung is re-sealed.
- And during a disease outbreak, a number of vaccinated people will indeed catch the disease.
- While catching a disease from your pet is rare, certain groups of people are more likely than others are to become seriously ill from a pet.
- At this time it is not clear if the female nurse caught the disease from the patient, or through other sources.
- At the age of 28, she caught a tropical fever from her patients and died.
- Her daughter then caught a fever that carried her off within twenty-four hours.
- So far 12 students have gone down with the virus and college staff say that unless all students are vaccinated more could catch the disease.
- People normally catch this flu from infected birds, usually chickens and ducks.
- People frequently catch this infection as children or young adults.
- A child with TB may have to stay in the hospital so others do not catch the infection.
- It damages unborn babies, and may cause miscarriage if the mother catches the disease while pregnant.
- Despite being given 34 surgical staples in his skull and catching pneumonia in hospital, Ben was taken off a ventilator one week after the accident.
- At the time there were about one billion people in the world and about half of those caught this illness.
- Some vaccines do not offer life-long immunity and often the disease is far more serious when caught at an older age.
- The department also called for residents to go to hospitals once they catch a fever or feel soreness in their bones.
- The 72-year-old, who suffers from asthma, caught pneumonia while at the hospital.
- He caught scarlet fever when he was a young child and this affected his hearing.
7(hit)he caught his head on the beam — se dio en la cabeza con la viga
- she caught him a blow on the chin — le dio / pegó un golpe en la barbilla
8(restrain)to catch oneself — contenerse
1.1(grasp)agarrarcoger Spaincachar Mexicohere, catch! — ¡toma, agarra!
- She hurried up the steps behind him and caught at his sleeve to get his attention.
- Gabriel caught at her hand as she wrenched open the door.
- Abby caught at his arm, and he started to push her away, then stopped himself.
- Automatically, his own hands rose to catch at his master's arm.
- As he made to move off in search of new bandages, she weakly caught at his arm.
1.2(bite, take hold)(screw/cog) agarrar(mechanism) engranarhis voice caught and he was unable to carry on — se le hizo un nudo en la garganta y no pudo continuar
1.3(become hooked)engancharseatorarse Mexicopescarse Chile
- Her dress caught under her chair.
- Just then his pants caught on a nail that was sticking out from the roof, and the nail stopped his fall.
- The hem of her pants caught under her shoes and she toppled toward, taking the boy with her.
- Then the toe of your shoe catches in a crack in the sidewalk and you stumble forward, but quickly regain your balance, trying to keep you dignity intact.
- ‘I'm sorry,’ she said, coming so hastily to her feet her heel caught in her skirt and she lurched forward.
2(ignite)(fire/coal) prender(coal/fire) agarrar Latin America
- She thrust the torch into the funeral bier and watched as the fire caught and spread on the dry wood.
- The flame catches and burns the empty paper to an ash.
- It took several tries for the tinder to catch in the damp atmosphere.
- In horror I watched as other men surrounded the circle, all with their own torches trying to get the fire to catch.
- Shortly a fire caught in the wick of the oil lamp and shed light through the tent.
- The wood caught, but it burned feebly.
- Shrugging, he threw some twigs into the fire, watching them catch and crackle.
- The house caught and burned completely to the ground.
- Analise poked at the embers, hoping a new fire would catch.
1.1Sportatrapada feminineparada feminineatajada feminine Southern Cone
- New Zealand's fielding was also awful with several misfields and dropped catches.
- It was also an innings of great catches and easy misses.
- Countless runs were gifted away through shoddy fielding and innumerable dropped catches.
- It has been a long time since we have seen an Indian wicket-keeper who dives headlong for catches.
- He was out caught to a fine catch by Hayward at mid-off just four short of his best of 73 not out.
1.2(sth, sb caught)he's/she's a good catch — es un buen partido
- it is a prize catch for the party — es una inestimable adquisición para el partido
- If you focus on lifestyle issues, in other words, what you wear, where you live, how much of a catch your partner is, etc, you will turn the control of how you are judged over to other people.
- Grant Delamont, the one catch that every girl dreamed of at Edamont High.
- That disgusting brute had actually been viewed as a decent catch for a local girl because, compared to his neighbours, he lived a good life.
- All in all he just wasn't a particularly good catch.
- She would be a particularly impressive catch.
- It is, in part, this ease that makes you a catch for potential partners.
- The Shopkeeper was aware that Carl would be considered a good catch for any girl in town.
1.3(of fish)pesca feminine
- Winners were Paul Little and Isaac Miller with a fantastic catch, given the conditions, of 12 for 30 lb 9oz.
- France, which lands the majority of deep sea fish, is proposing the introduction of the first ever limits on deep-sea catches.
- Over the last 18 years trawlermen have been told to cut catches and limit days at sea, as efforts to conserve stocks have become more desperate.
- Boats reported a great catch of fish with many boats getting a great variety of species.
- It states that there are no quotas in force limiting catches and sustainable fishing levels need to be investigated as a matter of urgency.
- Our local fishermen are getting reasonable catches of prawns and little fish.
- Many of us have enjoyed the good old days of huge catches with very few limitations, but those days are long gone as times change.
- He claimed to have evidence of widespread fraudulent reporting of fish catches, falsification of logbooks and illegal fishing in closed areas.
- So abundant was the subsequent catch of fish that Peter and the others had to call for help just to get it all into the boats.
- The beaches of East Anglia maybe can't produce the numbers of cod they once did, but there are still good catches taken and big fish caught.
- Fish stocks and catches are up, and they have the bonus of jobs and diving tourism income.
- The decline in fish catches in the Great Lake and the river below it may not yet be dramatic, but it is taking place for a variety of reasons.
- Sometimes catches of a hundred fish a boat are not unusual on the Skerries if you are lucky enough to catch the weather and the tides happily coinciding.
- There is still some way to go in reducing catches and fishing fleets before benefits can be felt from bigger and healthier stocks, he said.
- Kevin Whincup also advises that a recent consignment of roach into the front pond should see catches continuing through winter.
- Some stretches are very well stocked and if you're on fish, multiple catches are common.
- Many stillwater fisheries continue to report good catches.
- These good catches indicate that there are large numbers of fish passing through every day.
- At home catches of white fish have been poor over the last couple of weeks.
- Most of the white fish boats continuing to fish herring with catches varying from good some days to poor other days.
2(fastening device)(on door) pestillo masculine(on door) pasador masculine Latin America(on window, box, necklace) cierre masculine
- Skillfully, she unlatched the catch and opened the door, allowing Edward and James to enter.
- Mark and Rebecca stood, and the three of them hurried over to the windows, searching for levers or catches to pull them open.
- Many new windows come with better locks and special catches that allow you to leave a window ajar without permitting a burglar to open it far enough to climb through.
- At present ventilation windows on carriages are secured by two catches spaced about a metre apart.
- After cleaning myself I noticed the window catch was off.
- The hall was empty, and he pulled his head back and closed the door, sliding the chain from the catch.
- He tapped the bottom of the tool with his palm, and with a quick lift, the catch gave way and the burglar swung open the window.
- Running her arms along the upper ridge of the crate, her fingers hit a catch in the wood, and immediately the door released.
- I walked into school, went to my locker, and lifted up on the catch without spinning my combination.
- Under the lip of the removable cushioned seat she had found a small catch, rusty enough to break two nails.
- Chris stepped on a catch and the floor slid away, causing both Jade and Chris to tumble down into the pit.
- An inquest held at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court in Bristol heard part of the window catch was broken, meaning it could be pushed open at any time.
- He will return in a week or so to fit steel bolt locks to all the windows, as it seems the brass catches are next to useless.
- There weren't any zippers, buttons or catches he could find, so it was just a matter of trial and error.
- Tonight's little jobs will be to get a catch put on the bathroom door because it doesn't stay shut and the cats keep tossing the soap in the bath.
- There's no catch securing the lid shut, but it's not as if notebooks suddenly flip open by themselves if they're not clasped down.
- He smiled at her, as she undid the catch, and opened the huge wooden door.
- He tried to close the doors, but the catch was broken and light seeped in.
- He flicked the catch open and eased the door open a few inches.
- The catch snapped and the window released slightly.
3(hidden drawback)trampa femininewhat's the catch? — ¿cúal es la trampa / el truco?
- I knew there'd be a catch in / to it somewhere — ya sabía yo que tenía que haber gato encerrado
- there's no catch — no hay ninguna trampa / ningún truco
- it's a Catch-22 situation — es una situación sin salida
- Just here, the beach is all yours… though there's one catch.
- Jared was too methodical, never one to take action without looking out for the catch.
- But if you already have a bunch of Xbox games, there is one little catch.
- At The Bull Hotel on Tuesday, the programme makers reassured residents there were no hidden catches.
- The catch, and there had to be one, is that taxpayers will have to pay back the full cost, with interest, over 30 years.
- But it has a catch; not running correctly can result in painful cramps, sore muscles and maybe broken bones.
- Then, to my horror, I discovered there was a catch: You could only use your copy of this font with a single printer!
- The hidden catch here is that in this case, this rule was violated.
- The girl looked up at her, too satisfied to care if there were any kind of hidden catches.
- The project was today welcomed by teenage pregnancy support groups who said there ‘really is no catch.’
- My eyes danced about the surface of the coupon, examining each word for hidden meaning, hidden catches, and hidden insight into life itself.
- Before you apply for any new savings account, check the terms and conditions for any catches or restrictions.
- The catch is that contestants here, apparently not satisfied with simply voting someone off the island, actually try to kill one another.
- So, for the time being at least, Hurt is settled in theatre, the only catch being the 10 bananas he must eat each week in the line of duty as Krapp.
4(in voice)temblor masculinewith a catch in her voice — con la voz entrecortada / temblorosa
- Karen told them in a scolding tone, but there was a catch in her voice.
- She frowned slightly, but she had caught the catch in his voice and understood that this was not an issue she should press.
- Her father had told her, often with a catch in his voice, that her mother had died giving her birth.
- The catch in her voice made him feel even worse for having to explain it again.
- ‘Gareth says it's nearly time for you to leave,’ she said with a catch in her voice.
- The doctor even had a catch in the last word he spoke, and then he'd stopped speaking as Aaron saw the lump form in his throat.
- Sinjun didn't fail to notice the slight catch in her voice.
- Her response was simple, but he heard the catch of her voice.
- Sherringham sounded only slightly winded, though there was a catch to his voice.
- But Jay heard the catch in her voice, and pulled away, searching her face.
- There was a little catch in Brian's voice when he responded after a long silence.
- He praised the boat and his crew, a tiny catch in his voice when he spoke of her ending her naval life in the boat shed in Cairns.
- At other times, he gives his voice just the right catch to sell a subtle moment.
- ‘You can wake me up now,’ she said with a slight catch in her voice.
- There was a catch in her voice, and Eric saw that she was fighting to keep from crying.
- Despite his attempt at nonchalance, Jason noticed the catch in his voice immediately.
- There was a catch in Alex's voice as he crushed Vivienne to him.