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Catch some rays

catch some rays

verb phrase

To sunbathe: The prince seized the opportunity to leave his chilly isle behind and catch some rays (1980s+)
Sunbathe, as in I want a good tan so I think I’ll go catch some rays. [ ; second half of 1900s ]


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