a warm drink for the sick, as of wine or ale mixed with eggs, bread, sugar, spices, etc.
a hot spiced wine drink made with gruel, formerly used medicinally
“hot drink,” late 13c., from Old North French caudel (Old French chaudel, 12c., Modern French chaudeau), from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of caldum, neuter of Latin caldus “warm” (see calorie).
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
- 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)