catch it (third-person singular simple present catches it, present participle catching it, simple past and past participle caught it)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see catch, it.
- (idiomatic) be severely reprimanded, punished, or beaten
- 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
- "You'll catch it, you know," said Tom, nodding his head in an admonitory manner, and hesitating a little as he took the scissors.
- a. 1887, George Bernard Shaw, An Unsocial Socialist
- If they beat us, we shall catch it, and serve us right.
2003, Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy, page 39:
- I'll catch it for your mischief in running away. And I'll catch it again when the tutor claps eyes on the handwriting.