catch it

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see catch,‎ it.
  2. (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.

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