catch a cold

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catch a cold (third-person singular simple present catches a cold, present participle catching a cold, simple past and past participle caught a cold)

  1. (idiomatic) To contract a cold.
  2. (idiomatic) To encounter difficulties.
    • 2014 March 22, Rupert Jones, “Retiring abroad? Don't catch a cold because of the state pension freeze”, in The Guardian:
      Don't catch a cold because of the state pension freeze.
    • 2018 February 14, Gary Howes, “British Pound to Languish Below 1.10 vs. Euro as Recession Beckons in 2021 say Scandinavian Economists”, in Pound Sterling:
      If the U.S. goes into recession in 2021, the rest of the world is expected to catch a cold.

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