Phrasal Verbs with 'Catch'

Catch at

Take or grab hold of something

Example: She CAUGHT AT my sleeve as I was leaving and said she needed to talk to me.

Catch on

Become popular

Example: Many critics were shocked when techno CAUGHT ON in the clubs.

Catch on

Finally understand what is going on

Example: Everyone else realised what was happening, but it took Henry ages to CATCH ON.

Catch out

Trick

Example: The exam is designed to CATCH you OUT.

Catch out

Discover or prove that someone is lying

Example: He CAUGHT me OUT when he checked my story with my previous employer.

Catch out

Put someone in an unexpected and difficult situation (often passive)

Example: We were CAUGHT OUT in the storm.

Catch up

Get work, etc, up to date.

Example: I was ill for a fortnight and now I've got to CATCH UP on the work I missed.

Catch up

Reach someone who was ahead of you

Example: He started well, but I CAUGHT him UP on the third lap.

Catch up in

Become involved, often against one’s will

Example: The tourists were CAUGHT UP IN the violence of the revolution.

Catch up on

Do something that should have been done earlier

Example: I'm going home to CATCH UP ON my sleep.

Catch up on

Reminisce with an old friend after not seeing them for a while

Example: I hadn't seen her for years, so we spent the afternoon CATCHING UP ON old times.

Catch up with

Do something that should have been done earlier

Example: I'm going home to CATCH UP WITH my sleep.

Catch up with

Meet someone after a period of time and find out what they have been doing

Example: I CAUGHT UP WITH her at the conference.

Catch up with

When something negative starts to have an effect

Example: His criminal behaviour is starting to CATCH UP WITH him.

Catch up with

Punish someone after they have been doing something wrong for a long time

Example: The tax authorities CAUGHT UP WITH me for not submitting my tax returns.

Catch up with

Learn something new that many people already understand

Example: My mother's trying to CATCH UP WITH computers.