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She tossed the bag of potato chips to Kate, who caught it with one hand.
"Can I borrow your pen?" "Here, catch!"
She raced to catch the toddler before he could make it out of the front gate.
"Can't catch me," her brother shouted as he ran up the stairs.
a device used for catching flies
We rescued a rabbit caught in a trap.
I caught the next train back to New York.
Several times she'd caught him staring at her.
Burglars who are caught in the act have little chance of escaping punishment.
Diana was caught red-handed taking money from her mother's purse.
He caught the flu and had to stay in bed.
Brian caught chickenpox from his nephew.
Get out of those wet clothes or you'll catch your death of cold.
The railroads had all been caught completely unprepared by the sudden snowfalls.
I've obviously caught you at a bad time. I'll come back later.
He caught his opponent with a right cross to the chin.
As she went out, she caught sight of herself in the mirror.
People lined the streets outside the theater to catch a glimpse of her.
Adam caught a whiff of expensive perfume as she passed by.
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