the offspring of a mare bred accidentally.
Also called old-field colt, woods colt. a child born out of wedlock.
a crop that reaches maturity in a relatively short time, often planted as a substitute for a crop that has failed or at a time when the ground would ordinarily lie fallow, as between the plantings of two staple crops. Historical Examples Moreover a number of weeds are buried with the catch-crop before they have […]
a dog used to help round up livestock. noun phrase A scapegoat: We are the catch dogs for everyone who comes along looking for something to kick at [1980s+; evolved fr Southern dialect catch dog, ”dog used to round up animals, herd dog,” perhaps because the herded animals would kick at the dogs]
- Catch in the act
see under catch red-handed
a word, phrase, or sentence used, especially in advertising or journalism, to arouse or call attention. a line in which a catchword appears. a line of lesser importance, set shorter or sometimes in smaller type than the lines above and beneath it. Theater. a line of comic dialogue expected to elicit laughter. slug1 (def 10a).