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    Smile get caught up

    please, dear teachers and friends...

    what does 'getting caught up' mean?

    He is caught up.
    She got caught up.

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    Default Re: get caught up

    You're usually caught up in something: 'Everyone was being so friendly that she got caught up in the spirit of the meeting and gave away everything she had with her.'

    If you think of fishing nets it may help - but maybe not...

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    Default Re: get caught up

    Marciobarbalho,
    If you have a good library near you, try to find in it Cowie and Mackin's Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English Volume 1. It has around 7,000 entries, most of them phrasal verbs, and it is up to the expected high standards of Oxford. ("catch up " has at least nine different meanings.)

    I've done some work in English idioms (including phrasal verbs) myself, and I think that this Oxford work is far and away the best of its kind.
    Luck!

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    Smile Re: get caught up

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You're usually caught up in something: 'Everyone was being so friendly that she got caught up in the spirit of the meeting and gave away everything she had with her.'

    If you think of fishing nets it may help - but maybe not...

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    Hmm... It guess it means "to get involved IN something", but the context appears to say something else.

    Here's the conversation:

    Mr X: Mr X is caught up, for the moment at least.
    Mr B: I will not last.
    Mr C: if I ever got caught up it would be a miracle.

    any idea?

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    Default Re: get caught up

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hmm... It guess it means "to get involved IN something", but the context appears to say something else.

    Here's the conversation:

    Mr X: Mr X is caught up, for the moment at least.
    Mr B: I will not last.
    Mr C: if I ever got caught up it would be a miracle.

    any idea?

    Thanks
    Sounds like some kind of social or sexual relationship. If so, there's a typo: Mr B's "I" should be "It" - the relationship that Mr X is caught up in.

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    Smile Re: get caught up

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Sounds like some kind of social or sexual relationship. If so, there's a typo: Mr B's "I" should be "It" - the relationship that Mr X is caught up in.
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    Yeah, it should be "It", not "I", a typo.

    Well... then it must be some kind of social relationship, something like that.

    Thank you Bob.

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    Default Re: get caught up

    There are 2 good interpretations:

    1) They are law students, and are usually behind in their studies.
    2) They are usually unable to get any sex action, but now one is dating someone.

    The first is much much more likely. To be caught up is not so common as "to be involved" in the context of dating, romance, etc.

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    Smile Re: get caught up

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    There are 2 good interpretations:

    1) They are law students, and are usually behind in their studies.
    2) They are usually unable to get any sex action, but now one is dating someone.
    I guess this about some charity work or some... hard to guess actually... the conversation does not give any other information.
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    Default Re: get caught up

    Well, not all language performances we can observe and study are actually very clear. Maybe this is such a case.

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