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- Eye dialect spelling of catch.
1911, Edward S. Ellis, The Lost Trail:
- Blast his sowl--that hunter I mane, an' if iver I cotch him, may I be used for a flail if I don't settle his accounts."
1892, Harry Castlemon, Frank on a Gun-Boat:
- "Dey come here for to cotch young massa George Le Dell, 'cause dey knowed he would be shore for to come here."
1914, Various, Dew Drops Vol. 37. No. 17, April 26, 1914:
- Youse bettah look out, honey, or dey'll cotch youalls, shuah!"
1880, Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell, The Harvest of Years:
- Mas'r Sumner an' a'heap mo' on 'em would jes' like fur to kill dat Mas'r Dayton ef dey could cotch him.
- Eye dialect spelling of caught / (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of
1901, John Hay, The Bread-winners:
- But one ting ish goot; dey cotch de murterer."
1911, Charles Egbert Craddock (aka Mary Noailles Murfree), The Raid Of The Guerilla:
- Ye mought hev cotch the smallpox.
1839, Charles James Lever, The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Vol. 2:
- "Well, we've cotch them any how," said the urchin, as he disengaged himself from his wet saddle, and stood upon the ground; "and it is not my fault that the coach is not before us."