two mountain passes in S Italy, in the Apennines near Benevento.
a narrow pass in the Apennines, in S Italy, between Capua and Benevento: scene of the defeat of the Romans by the Samnites (321 bc)
a warm drink for the sick, as of wine or ale mixed with eggs, bread, sugar, spices, etc. Historical Examples noun a hot spiced wine drink made with gruel, formerly used medicinally n. “hot drink,” late 13c., from Old North French caudel (Old French chaudel, 12c., Modern French chaudeau), from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of […]
a deep drinking cup having two handles and, usually, a cover. Historical Examples
simple past tense and past participle of catch. to seize or capture, especially after pursuit: to catch a criminal; to catch a runaway horse. to trap or ensnare: to catch a fish. to intercept and seize; take and hold (something thrown, falling, etc.): to catch a ball; a barrel to catch rain. to come upon […]
- Caught flat-footed
Caught unprepared, taken by surprise, as in The reporter’s question caught the President flat-footed. This usage comes from one or another sport in which a player should be on his or her toes, ready to act. [ c. 1900 ] Contemporary Examples Historical Examples