catch a rail
To take a short respite from work; take a break
[1929+; about the time it takes to smoke a cigarette]
Also, catch-can. taking advantage of any opportunity; using any method that can be applied: a catch-as-catch-can life, as an itinerant handyman. without specific plan or order: They lived catch-as-catch-can. a style of wrestling in which the contestants are permitted to trip, tackle, and use holds below the waist. Compare Greco-Roman (def 3). Historical Examples Anyhow, […]
a member of any of the various tribes, chiefly Mongolian and Turkish, who, originally under the leadership of Genghis Khan, overran Asia and much of eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. a member of the descendants of this people variously intermingled with other peoples and tribes, now inhabiting parts of the European and W and […]
a receptacle, located where a street gutter opens into a sewer, designed to retain matter that would not readily pass through the sewer. Historical Examples You laugh at my catch-basin, some of you; I did not know what they wished these catch-basins might be, and you don’t know. The Crime of the Century Henry M. […]
the offspring of a mare bred accidentally. Also called old-field colt, woods colt. a child born out of wedlock.