a deep drinking cup having two handles and, usually, a cover.
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
- Caught in a rundown
adjective phrase In an embarrassingand untenable plight: The imperilled Cuomo seemed to be constantly in motion. Sometimes he moved so desperately that he seemed to be caught in a rundown—a reminder that he had briefly been a center fielder with a Pittsburgh Pirates farm team (1970s+ fr baseball)
- Caught in the middle
Also, caught in the cross-fire. Between two opposing sides, as in The writers are often caught in the middle between editor and publisher, who are political opponents, or When parents don’t get along, the children are often caught in the cross-fire. Long used in military situations, these terms began to be used figuratively in the […]