People often say that women can never have too many shoes and handbags. Well, I say that English learners can never have too many English phrasal verbs and expressions. They are what makes our English sound natural, and are more useful than shoes and bags, too.
This week, I am proud to present my top seven English expressions and phrasal verbs using ‘catch’:
Meaning: to reach a point you should be at.
Example: I have been away from work recently so I need to catch up on all the work I missed.
catch (someone) out
Meaning: to trick or fool someone.
Example: That last question really caught me out.
Meaning: to become popular.
Example: That fashion really caught on. Everyone is wearing it now.
catch (someone) red-handed
Meaning: to witness someone doing something something they shouldn’t be.
Example: The police caught the burglar red-handed.
catch your breath
Meaning: to take a short rest after doing something physically difficult.
Example: Let’s rest for a minute. I need to catch my breath after that run.
catch (someone’s) eye
Meaning: to attract attention
Example: That article caught my eye because it had such an interesting title.
catch (someone) off-guard
Meaning: to do so something people aren’t expecting.
Example: That difficult question really caught me off-guard.
Next week, we will look at expressions and phrasal verbs with ‘get’. In the meantime, can you think of any more ‘catch’ expressions or phrasal verbs?
It’s quite common to see stories of people escaping from prison on the news but this article on the ABC News website was the first time I’ve hear of someone trying to get inside a prison. It’s a shame the article doesn’t mention why they were tryng to get in.
Although it’s a very short article, there are some interesting words and phrases in it. The interesting vocabulary begins with the title:
Women busted trying to ‘break into‘ jail
In this headline, the word ‘busted‘ means that they were arrested or caught by the police and the phrasal verb ‘break in‘ means to enter a place illegally, usually by force. The opposite of ‘break in‘ is ‘break out‘ meaning to escape.
The next interesting word is in the second paragraph where the author uses the word ‘cottages‘. ‘Cottage‘ is a word we use to talk about a very small house.
There is some interesting legal vocabulary in the following paragraph. It mentions the women being ‘charged‘ meaning a formal statement has been issued accusing them of the crime and that they were released ‘on bail‘ meaning that they do not have to stay in prison or go to court until their trial begins.