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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
be captured/caught on video (=recorded on video)
▪ The crime was captured on video.
be caught on camera (=be photographed, especially doing something wrong)
▪ The boys were caught on camera leaving the station.
be caught with your hands/fingers in the till (=to be caught stealing from your employer)
be stuck/caught/held up in traffic
▪ Sorry I’m late – I was stuck in traffic.
caught a glimpse
▪ They caught a glimpse of a dark green car.
caught in the crossfire
▪ During a divorce, kids often get caught in the crossfire.
caught in the crossfire
▪ Doctors who tried to help the wounded were caught in the crossfire.
caught speeding
▪ I got caught speeding on the A40 yesterday.
get caught in the rain (=be outside when it starts raining)
▪ Did you get caught in the rain?
get sth caught/stuck etc
▪ She got her foot caught in the wire.
risk being seen/caught/arrested etc
▪ Workers who broke the strike risked being attacked when they left the factory.
I wouldn't be seen/caught dead
be (caught) in a cleft stick
▪ Now the local authorities are caught in a cleft stick, hostages to their own political process.
▪ So the developing countries are caught in a cleft stick.
be (caught/locked/stuck) in a time warp
be caught napping
▪ Nowadays, no company can afford to be caught napping by a technological development.
▪ Stock traders who ignore these signs are in danger of being caught napping when a recession hits.
▪ I was reminding the golfing spirits that I could not be caught napping.
▪ Quakers were caught napping again two minutes later.
be taken short/be caught short
be/get caught in/without etc sth
▪ Don't expect to be caught in the rush.
▪ He is caught in a storm and crashes.
▪ He was caught in the end, trying to bury one of the bodies in the cemetery, in a fresh grave.
▪ She was caught in the seducing current, and she could not break free.
▪ The actual death toll is much greater because thousands more turtles are caught in fishing nets and suffocate.
▪ The Tokyo government is caught in a dilemma, according to Hazelwood.
▪ They are caught in this place of denial and unrealized emotion and desire.
▪ Worse, he was caught in the cross fire of local conflicts.
be/get caught up in sth
▪ We get caught up in the commercial aspects of Christmas.
▪ And that headdress would get caught up in the overhead wires, you silly boy.
▪ I am painfully aware of how we get caught up in our times and become contaminated by our own hypocrisy.
▪ I thought at one time it might be caught up in the Christmas post.
▪ Kenetech got caught up in that.
▪ Landowners who get caught up in this bureaucratic runaround receive no compensation for their economic loss as a result of wetland determination.
▪ Rather than just evolving in a gradual, uniform manner, the earth may actually be caught up in a repeating cycle.
▪ Some of these girls get caught up in this freedom idea.
▪ When this is augmented by oddly tangential keyboard sounds it's an enjoyable little maelstrom to be caught up in.
like a rabbit/deer caught in headlights
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Catch \Catch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caughtor Catched; p. pr. & vb. n. Catching. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of capere to take, catch. See Capacious, and cf. Chase, Case a box.]

  1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball.

  2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. ``They pursued . . . and caught him.''
    --Judg. i. 6.

  3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.

  4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. ``To catch him in his words''.
    --Mark xii. 13.

  5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. ``Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue.''

  6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.

  7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.

    The soothing arts that catch the fair.

  8. To get possession of; to attain.

    Torment myself to catch the English throne.

  9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire.

  10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.

  11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.

    To catch fire, to become inflamed or ignited.

    to catch it to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.]

    To catch one's eye, to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] ``You catch me up so very short.''

    To catch up, to snatch; to take up suddenly.


Caught \Caught\ (k[add]t), imp. & p. p. of Catch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense and past participle of catch (v.), attested from 14c., predominant after c.1800, replacing earlier catched. A rare instance of English strong verb with a French origin. This might have been by influence of Middle English lacchen (see latch (v.)), which also then meant "to catch" and was a synonym of catch (as their noun forms remain), and which then had past tense forms lahte, lauhte, laught. The influence happened before latch switched to its modern weak conjugation.

  1. (context cricket English) Of the method of being out in which the striker hits the ball and a fielder catches it. v

  2. (en-past of: catch)


See catch

  1. v. discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"

  2. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse" [syn: pick up]

  3. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach" [syn: get]

  4. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!" [syn: grab, take hold of]

  5. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" [syn: get, capture]

  6. to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" [syn: hitch] [ant: unhitch]

  7. attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: arrest, get]

  8. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady" [syn: capture]

  9. reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"

  10. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"

  11. catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp" [syn: overtake, catch up with]

  12. be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood"

  13. check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

  14. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table" [syn: take in, overhear]

  15. see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" [syn: watch, view, see, take in]

  16. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

  17. detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator" [syn: trip up]

  18. grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of; "did you catch that allusion?"; "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; "don't catch your meaning"; "did you get it?"; "She didn't get the joke"; "I just don't get him" [syn: get]

  19. contract; "did you catch a cold?"

  20. start burning; "The fire caught"

  21. perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" [syn: get]

  22. suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" [syn: get]

  23. attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" [syn: capture, enamour, trance, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant]

  24. apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" [syn: get]

  25. take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

  26. spread or be communicated; "The fashion did not catch"

  27. be the catcher; "Who is catching?"

  28. become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window"

  29. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

  30. [also: caught]

  1. n. a hidden drawback; "it sounds good but what's the catch?"

  2. the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only 10 fish" [syn: haul]

  3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect [syn: match]

  4. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others"

  5. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

  6. a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: stop]

  7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

  8. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; "he played catch with his son in the backyard"

  9. the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: grab, snatch, snap]

  10. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody]

  11. [also: caught]

Caught (1949 film)

Caught is a 1949 American film noir directed by Max Ophüls, and starring James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Ryan. Caught was based on a novel by Libbie Block. Child actor Jimmy Hawkins had a small role in the film.

Caught (1996 film)

Caught is a 1996 erotic thriller film about a drifter who disrupts the simple life of a fish market owner and his wife. The film was directed by Robert M. Young, and stars Edward James Olmos, Arie Verveen, María Conchita Alonso, and Bitty Schram.

Caught (disambiguation)

Caught may refer to:

  • Caught (novel), a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Caught (2010 novel), a novel by Harlan Coben
  • Caught (1949 film), an American drama film
  • Caught (1996 film), an erotic thriller film
  • Caught (2015 film), a thriller film
  • Caught!, the fifth episode of The Bronx Is Burning
  • Caught (1980 album), an album by Teri DeSario
  • Caught (cricket), a method of dismissing a batsman in the sport of cricket
Caught (album)

Caught ( Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc. NBLP-7231 ) is the third album from singer, songwriter, producer and composer Teri DeSario.

The 1980 album contains the songs "All I Wanna Do" and "Time After Time".

Caught (1931 film)

Caught is a 1931 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Edward Sloman and written by Agnes Brand Leahy and Keene Thompson. The film stars Richard Arlen, Louise Dresser, Frances Dee, Tom Kennedy, and Syd Saylor. The film was released on August 8, 1931, by Paramount Pictures.


Caught is a method of dismissing a batsman in the sport of cricket. Being caught out is the most common method of dismissal at higher levels of competition. This method of dismissal is covered by Law 32 of the Laws of cricket which reads:

A batsman is out caught if a fielder catches the ball fully within the field of play without it bouncing when the ball has touched the striker's bat or glove holding the bat. If a batsman could be given out caught or by any other method except bowled, 'caught' takes precedence.

This means that the batsman cannot be out caught if:

  • The ball is called a no ball or dead ball.
  • The batsman does not hit the ball with his bat or the gloved hand holding the bat.
  • The ball, having been hit, makes contact with the field before a fielder catches the ball.
  • The ball does not remain under the control of the fielder.
  • The ball is hit and lands beyond the boundary; ( six runs).
  • A fielder taking the catch makes contact with the boundary rope or the area outside the boundary.
  • The ball hits a close in fielder on the helmet, and rebounds in the air for a catch.

If a batsman is out caught, any runs scored off that delivery are voided. If the catch is taken by the wicket-keeper, then informally it is known as a "caught behind". A catch by the bowler is known as a "caught and bowled". This has nothing to do with the dismissal bowled but is rather a shorthand for saying the catcher and bowler are the same player (the scorecard annotation is usually c. and b. or c&b followed by the bowler's name).

If the catch taken is pronounced or obvious, the players need not appeal to the umpire; the batsman normally chooses to acknowledge the dismissal himself. However, in the event that the ball brushes the edge of the bat, or the catch is taken very close to the ground, or the ball appears to have bounced off the batsman's foot (so it has not touched the ground), or the ball appearing to come off the bat very close to the pitch surface (bump ball), or if the batsman is reluctant to accept that he has been dismissed, the fielding team has to appeal to the umpire for this decision. In international competition, if neither field umpire can clearly decide if a catch has been made or not, they may refer to the third (television) umpire for a review. The third umpire may also be used if the Umpire Decision Review System is available and a team wishes to dispute a call concerning a possible catch.

If a batsman is caught, the bowler is credited with the batsman's wicket and the catching fielder is credited for the dismissal. If the two batsmen cross each other, in attempting to take a run, before the catch was taken, the non-striking batsman at the time remains at the opposite end of the pitch as the new incoming batsman comes to the crease at his former end. This means, unless it is now a new over, he is now on strike and the incoming batsman is not.

Caught (Coben novel)

Caught is a 2010 novel by Harlan Coben.

Usage examples of "caught".

If, or rather when, the Ariyens caught up with her, they might be surprised at the choice that she would make.

Then the other man caught sight of the woman, gestured with his blade hand.

I had some hard words for the elders when I finally caught up to them.

Char was caught under his nails, and dried blood crusted in his knuckles.

He had been prepared for the weakness in his leg where Biekin had struck him, but a spasm also caught his shoulder where the muscles were still healing.

He caught only a glimpse of steel before the point slipped up through his gut.

There was still a faint glow to the root planks, and they made a web in the dark, a web that caught the world.

But when he took the reins again, the color of the dead insect on his palm caught his eye.

One whipping bough caught Weed on his cauliflower ear, leaving a line of blood.

He caught his breath inaudibly at the sudden surge of gray that came with the thought of leaving Drovic.

Stobner was caught like an overstuffed target in the saddle, a war bolt buried in the V of his shirt, and his thick body only beginning to shudder.

A fist caught Talon on the cheekbone, and another on the ribs, but his knife was already moving.

One of its middle hooves caught Talon a wicked blow on his sore thigh.

Then slowly, comically, cursing at the inevitability caused by a broken cinch strap, the man had slid, feet caught in suddenly loose stirrups, upside-down under the dnu and into the frigid water.

Wakje was caught on submerged debris till he tore free and came up spitting.