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    A catch up with / to catch up with

    What do the words in pink mean? Is it an idiom for "to socialize"? I can't find this meaning of the phrase in the dictionary.

    It’s break now and it gives me a chanceto have a quick catch up with my mates and get something to eat and drink before next lesson.

    Is there a verb "to catch up with" meaning "to socialize"?



    In Longman Online Dictionary I've only found the following definitions:
    catch up with somebody


    phrasal verb




    1 to finally find someone who has been doing something illegal and punish them:It took six years for the law to catch up with them.


    2 if something bad from the past catches up with you, you cannot avoid dealing with it any longer:At the end of the movie his murky past catches up with him
    Last edited by englishhobby; 01-Dec-2012 at 21:31.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A catch up with / to catch up with

    When you "catch someone up" in AmE, it means you discuss what has been going on in your lives since the last time you met them.

    catch up with - definition of catch up with by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    See #4 under "catch up" here. "To bring (another) up to date; brief:"

    I would use it as a verb, not as a noun.

    Perhaps in BrE it has another meaning.

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    Re: A catch up with / to catch up with

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    What do the words in pink mean? Is it an idiom for "to socialize"? I can't find this meaning of the phrase in the dictionary.

    It’s break now and it gives me a chanceto have a quick catch up with my matesand get something to eat and drink before next lesson.

    Is there a verb "to catch up with" meaning "to socialize"?



    In Longman Online Dictionary I've only found the following definitions:
    catch up with somebody


    phrasal verb




    1 to finally find someone who has been doing something illegal and punish them:It took six years for the law to catch up with them.


    2 if something bad from the past catches up with you, you cannot avoid dealing with it any longer:At the end of the movie his murky past catches up with him
    Yes, "to catch up with" can mean to meet up with someone you know socially. In "have a quick catch up" the writer is using "catch up" as a noun.

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