cotch

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cotch

  1. Eye dialect spelling of catch.
    • 1911, Edward S. Ellis, The Lost Trail[1]:
      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[2]:
      "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[3]:
      Youse bettah look out, honey, or dey'll cotch youalls, shuah!"
    • 1880, Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell, The Harvest of Years[4]:
      Mas'r Sumner an' a'heap mo' on 'em would jes' like fur to kill dat Mas'r Dayton ef dey could cotch him.
  2. Eye dialect spelling of caught / (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of catch
    • 1901, John Hay, The Bread-winners[5]:
      But one ting ish goot; dey cotch de murterer."
    • 1911, Charles Egbert Craddock (aka Mary Noailles Murfree), The Raid Of The Guerilla[6]:
      Ye mought hev cotch the smallpox.
    • 1839, Charles James Lever, The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Vol. 2[7]:
      "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."