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    summon/preposterous/punitive damages/backside/hang it there/catch on/picking order

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The next day, I was summoned to a conference.

    summon = ask to come; ask to attend

    With all due respect , this is preposterous.

    preposterous = absurd; totally ridiculous

    Beckett collapses during the end of the trial. During his hospitalization, the jury votes in his favor, awarding him back pay, damages for pain and suffering, and punitive damages.

    punitive damages = the money awarded a person in order to punish the wrongdoer for their actions

    The handshake, the intimate moments, the pats on the backside.

    backside = butt, ass, or derriere (the buttocks; the rear)

    You'll catch on to the job after you've been here awhile.

    Don't play any tricks on Joe. When he catches on, he will beat you.

    catch on = understand; learn about

    Hang in there! You'll soon catch on to the language.

    hang in there = keep at something, persevere
    catch on = understand

    The song caught on and was sung and played everywhere.

    catch on = to become popular; be done or used by many people

    The ball player caught on with a big league team last year.

    catch on = to be hired; get a job

    But in giving us this faith, he doesn't go with a, a picking order into the warehouse of heaven, a and look there up all the great pallets and boxes of faith, or boxes of love, or boxes and cartons of peace, and say right, there's one, I'll give that to you.

    picking order = dominance hierarchy

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: summon/preposterous/punitive damages/backside/hang it there/catch on/picking orde

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    You'll catch on to the job after you've been here awhile.

    Don't play any tricks on Joe. When he catches on, he will beat you.

    catch on = understand; learn about especially after a long time

    Hang in there! You'll soon catch on to the language.

    hang in there = keep at something, persevere
    catch on = understand

    The song caught on and was sung and played everywhere Ok.

    catch on = to become popular; be done or used by many people

    The ball player caught on with a big league team last year.

    catch on = to be hired; get a job, I am not sure.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Catch on as a phrasal verb has only two meanings:
    (1) to understand; He'll catch on to (something what you say- a language or a job)
    (2) to become fashionable or popular ; The game will catch on with ( someone what you say- young mass or common people)

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