Phrases with "catch"

Thomas Hardy However, mother used to tell me that she was a handsome young woman, who tried to catch Mr. Pierston when he was a young man, and scandalized herself a bit with him. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Milady does not know me; I will get access to her without her suspecting me, and when I catch my beauty, I will strangle her. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The woman, however, did not catch sight of him until he was almost up to the gate, and then she looked the very picture of consternation and surprise. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Florence Dixie The day was far gone, and to catch up our companions on our jaded horses would have been a hard task, unless we started at once. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

There were four of us shooting questions at him all the time, the Chief Commissioner, Inspectors Mendel and Percival, and myself, and we didn’t catch him out once. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

John Galsworthy The country would catch at the anodyne of ‘strong stable government. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Marjorie Bowen De Lana bent down eagerly to catch a muttered prayer, but there was nothing more. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Sinclair Lewis He intended, when he came to her room in the evening, to catch the owl-car to Mohalis and be near his work when he woke in the morning. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Maria Edgeworth The horse must run away with the lady, and the gentleman must catch her in his arms just as her neck is about to be broken. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy Descending this stair he duly arrived at the other side of the house, facing the quarter whence the wind blew, and here he was surprised to catch the noise of rain beating against the windows. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Having the time of his life, evidently!” And then the other whispered back, so low that she could only just catch the words, “Aye, aye. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Guy de Maupassan She could see them coming from the foot of the bed to get inside and creep close to her breast, but when she struggled and stretched out her hands to catch one, she always clutched the air. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

While he could perfectly hear the girl at the other end, that young lady appeared unable to catch his meaning. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Peter could not choose but catch echoes of the babble, as the said friends discussed the news. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

All I did was to try to catch him, and, I need scarcely observe, I had to strain every nerve if I wished to have a chance of doing that. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

I was a thief, and worse than that, I killed the man who had been sent to catch me. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Caroline Lamb Oh, he is a dishonour to his sex, and it makes me mad to see how you all run after him, and forget both dignity and modesty, to catch a glimpse of him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson In front of Donaldson’s Hospital, John counted it good fortune to perceive a cab a great way of, and by much shouting and waving of his arm, to catch the notice of the driver. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence They take what they can catch — and vogue la galere. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

It came to him with a kind of shock, a catch of breath, which once again almost sobered him, that he had seen her naked. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jane Austen I wish you may not catch cold. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Henry James You catch their phrases”— Nash spoke with pity. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

What could there be? As likely as not they sent her inshore early in the morning with lines to try to catch some fish for the captain's breakfast. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry Kingsley But catch him soon, sir, or you won’t get the chance. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Edith Wharton Stanley Heuston seemed to catch the constraint in the air. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

When we reached the station I paid him off, purchased my ticket, and ran on to the platform just in time to catch the 6. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Andrew Lang And when Covan had told him of his trouble, and how the roe always led him further and further, the Dog only answered: ‘Fear nothing; I will soon catch her for you. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley Give us ano —” “You keep off, sir, or you’ll catch it. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Jules Verne The tinder was fetched, and held beneath the lens so as to catch the rays in full power. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Sir Richard Burton Presently there shall come to thee a certain bird, hight roe, that will catch thee up in his pounces and tower high in air and then set thee down on a mountain. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Their days were passed in endeavoring to catch all that was said, in observing the proceeding of the cardinal, and in looking out for all the couriers who arrived. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

You must make a move quickly, or you’ll catch your death of cold. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Most of the time she hovered about the Inspector, replying in low tones to his scathing remarks, or, with twitching lips, smiling encouragement at any child who happened to catch her eye. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Whereas previously he could barely hear the rattling of coals from the coal-scuttle, he was now able to catch the sound of an ash falling into the ash-pit. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Jane Austen It happened to catch Sophia’s eye before it caught mine — and its size, the elegance of the paper, the hand-writing altogether, immediately gave her a suspicion. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Jack London I lay on my back, my mouth open to catch the few rain~drops that fell directly into it. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Indeed I hoped to catch sight of him, for, while I was assured he was pursuing me, he could not know that I was after him, and might be off his guard. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing I’ve no appetite this morning, and I want to catch a train for Victoria as soon as possible. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

H. G. Wells Yet these scribbles set down for some particular recipient without the remotest idea of publication and subsequent judgment, do, I think, catch some subtle phases in mental transition. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Never mind, I shall soon catch him if necessary; but I suspect it is left here. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

William Makepeace Thackeray Hearing the sound of the guns, the common people came out along the road with fowling-pieces and pitchforks, in hopes to catch the truant. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

But behind doors and windows he seemed to catch a glimpse of furtive faces. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Thomas Hardy When, at the heels of Mr. Torkingham, he passed Lady Constantine’s pew, he lifted his eyes from the red lining of that gentleman’s hood sufficiently high to catch hers. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Mayhap I may chance to catch a sight of the dainty brown darlings thus early in the morn. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Rudyard Kipling Then who is to catch him? Colonel Sahib, only once in a thousand years is a horse born so well fitted for the game as this our colt. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

I heard words uttered very near me, but I did not catch them. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing But catch them doing that! Family pride’s too insubstantial a thing, you see. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Love Peacock Having attempted in vain to catch a syllable of the discourse, he knocked violently at the door, and roared for immediate admission. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Rudyard Kipling When he could not catch deer or monkeys he would eat frogs and beetles; and when he could not catch frogs and beetles he went to his Mother Jaguar, and she told him how to eat hedgehogs and tortoises. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Wilkie Collins The wedding-breakfast was hurried; the wedding-speeches were curtailed: there was no time to be wasted, if the young couple were to catch the tidal train. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I’m going to catch a wheen salmon, and potter about my bits of fields, and read my books, and sit by my fireside. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Make we merry while we may, and be joyful: for a man can catch trouble whensoever he likes. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

George MacDonald Before he got across Oxford Street, however, he was hailed by a man who wanted to catch a train, and was in too great a hurry to think about the driver. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Jules Verne I am sure, Mr. Starr, if we could only catch him, we should be able to make him listen to reason. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

As he turned it occurred to him that the girl had only passed him three minutes ago and that by running he could probably catch up with her. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Miles Franklin Mr M’Swat, it appears, suspected me of having a lover, but was never able to catch me red-handed. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

I’ll catch myself going down at once if she’s gone off with fifty men. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Sinclair Lewis So Effie became pale with longing to see her boy; Polo took to straight Bourbon, which is not good for a taxi-driver racing to catch trains. The Ghost Patrol by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins He ran for the first time for twenty years; and only stopped to remember his infirmities, and to catch his breath, when he was out of sight of the cottage, among the trees. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Hardy Whilst I am speaking and talking and trying and slaving away for your good, you are waiting to catch me out in that way. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Who brought it in? Stephen, catch it and put it out. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope How well she knew its tones! And she still paused, with ears erect, striving to catch some word from her cousin’s mouth. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. Rider Haggard At eleven o’clock we halted on an open piece of ground on the left bank of the river, and, the rain abating a little, managed to make a fire and catch and broil some fish. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Feelings like these are the normal by-products of imperialism; ask any Anglo-Indian official, if you can catch him off duty. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

I thought he would fall and ran to catch him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Machen And uncle put out his hand as if to catch him, but he just darted into the bushes and vanished. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Meanwhile, Dan reached the Beswick station in the ramshackle trap and was lucky enough to catch the ingoing train to Thawley, just as it started to glide past the platform. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

So the inspectors kept dropping in, trying to catch me without the goods. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle He ran with his hands out to catch me, but luckily for himself his drunken feet stumbled and he fell on his face on the road. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Thomas Hardy A solemn white face was gazing upwards from the road, expectantly straining to catch the first glimpse of a person within the panes. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing I didn’t catch a glimpse of the individual. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn It would be like that lasso with which they catch wild animals in South America; the noose would only be on the tip of the horn, it is true, but it would do. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Virginia Woolf They catch the phrases as they bubble. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

She walked on, thinking how, with ease, she could catch the night coach to York. From there across country she might share a post-chaise if she were lucky. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Steele Rudd But only a charge of shot could catch Joe; he mounted the rails like a cat and shook his hat at the beast below. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Edith Wharton Does he keep away because I’m here?” Mrs. Brympton spoke so low that I couldn’t catch her answer. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis In the taxi she still snuggled close to him for protection, and fluttered, “I’m going to have a magnificent time, but let me catch my breath. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

She knew where she would be able to catch Richard about that time and preferred to phone away from the Manor, so that by no chance should anyone overhear her telling him the matter was most urgent. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Andrew Lang You will not be able to recognise me at all, and therefore I will catch hold of you as I go past, so that you can notice it, and you must then make haste to catch me and hold me fast. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf It is seldom that any one says anything about it, and to see the hordes crossing Waterloo Bridge to catch the non-stop to Surbiton one might think that reason impelled them. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Grant went to catch his train, revolving the new possibility and not finding it acceptable, though he was not quite sure why. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle If they could catch him before he left, there was very little chance that he would know anything of what had occurred. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. Rider Haggard On the morning of the first of May he breakfasted about half-past eight, and then, without seeing his father, drove to Roxham to catch a train that got him up to London about twenty minutes to twelve. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis It is true that he hadn’t, in twenty-five years, himself played any baseball except back-lot catch with Ted — very gentle, and strictly limited to ten minutes. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli For the rest, all is too hot, too crowded, and too noisy, to catch a flavour; to analyse a combination, to dwell upon a gust. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Rudyard Kipling Disgraceful! Was that not enough, and more than enough? and if it was not, had he not cancelled the debt by not writing and — probably kissing other girls? ‘Maisie, you’ll catch a chill. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Yes, it’s pretty certain I’ll catch him there and then I’ll trail him home without his seeing me. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

H. G. Wells We have learnt how to catch and domesticate the ego at an early stage and train it for purposes greater than itself. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Handel Richardson For she continued to laugh, in a breathless way, with a catch in the throat, which made the laughter sound like sobbing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang It was quite impossible to catch him and give him the thrashing he so often deserved, for he just swung himself up into a tree and laughed at the angry victim who was sitting below. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had been known to be an inveterate poacher for a long time, but he had been very artful and they had not been able to catch him. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Gissing Next time I catch you tryin’ to ring the changes, I’ll have you run in, and then you’ll get a warm bath, which you wouldn’t partic’lar care for. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Andrew Lang Then Grannonia knelt down before the fox, and begged him in her sweetest way to catch the birds for her and procure their blood, promising at the same time to reward him richly. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Latterly, Stephen, I have been reading devotional works and trying to catch that music again. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Her voice was faint and he had to lean nearer to her to catch her words. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Eliot Why, the gentry stops to look at him; but you won’t catch Mumps a-looking at the gentry much — he minds his own business, he does. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Andrew Lang It was not long before he began to catch glimpses of his native land, and he drew rein near a bridge, the better to look at it. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett There had always been a great deal of laughing and talking of nonsense and the bandying of jokes and catch phrases. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

We shall catch Him.’ ‘No. Do not let us catch Him. Let us follow and see which way He goes. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Theodore Dreiser Who told you that?” She was flushing scarlet to the roots of her hair, but Drouet did not catch the full hue of her face, owing to the modified light of the room. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson When they are taken in some pinch closer than the common, they cry, ‘Catch me here again!’ and sure enough you catch them there again — perhaps before the week is out. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Von Arnim Don’t let me catch you doing that. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Walter Scott From time to time, however, she stole towards the window on tiptoe, to catch the first glance of the dawn, for the farther prosecution of her adventurous project. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Meredith That will teach you to catch at the drug. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry Kingsley Tom had taken the only horse in the stable, but her own brown pony was running in the paddock with some others; and she sallied forth, worn out, feverish, halfmad, to try to catch him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

On some suitable pretext Whymper was led through the store-shed and allowed to catch a glimpse of the bins. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

John Galsworthy Waiting till he began to move away, she ran down the Mews and round the far corner to catch him. Over the River by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Horrible excitement, and the postman asking sly questions to try to catch Somers out. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy He stooped over her, put his mouth to her ear, and said sharply, “What’s your name?” “To catch a woman napping is difficult, even when she’s half dead; but I did it,” says the gatekeeper. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

She did not catch observation — observation caught her, and was proud of its prize. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

William Hope Hodgson It reminded me, in a queer, gigantic way, of the noise that a clock makes, when the catch is released, and it is allowed to run down. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Wolfe She would fasten upon anyone she could catch and corner, and would talk on and on in a steady monotone that had neither beginning nor end. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Morrison As he emerged into the street, a hand was reached to catch him, which he dodged by instinct. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

What he wanted was to catch one glimpse of that empty space from his present standpoint, and he was both astonished and relieved to note how narrow and inconspicuous it looked. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis Instead of taking a taxi he exuberantly walked from the club to Selden Street to catch a car. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Adams Society in America was always trying, almost as blindly as an earthworm, to realize and understand itself; to catch up with its own head, and to twist about in search of its tail. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope She is a scheming, artful young woman, who is playing a regular game to catch a husband. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

For now, under the parching African sun, we catch glimpses, for the first time, of Gordon’s hand stretching out towards stimulants of a more material quality. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell Many a one would come and have their gowns made by Miss Simmonds just to catch a glimpse at you, at after the trial’s over. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

H. G. Wells So that even that little —” Miss Heydinger’s breath seemed to catch and she was abruptly silent. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Sir Richard Burton The Ifrit waded in to the middle and again cried, “Follow me,” and when this was done he took his stand in the center and bade the man cast his net and catch his fish. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Children catch up ideas, and no doubt he was as eager as the parents could be to impress on the world his fitness to be a ploughboy. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Gissing Happened to catch people’s eyes. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D.H. Lawrence There was still sufficient time to catch the train. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Was it last night? Have I been out long? What’s the time?” She sprang forward to catch sight of a clock, as if the exact time had some important bearing on her case. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing I was in time to catch the night boat, and when I got his letter it told me dreadful things. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The enemy was in a situation to catch us with his fire on our flank and left rear. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells Vaster grew the earth and vaster, swallowing up the stars, and the silvery translucent starlit veil of cloud it wore spread out to catch me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Thomas Hardy He would sometimes catch her large, worshipful eyes, that had no bottom to them looking at him from their depths, as if she saw something immortal before her. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Marjorie Bowen The surgeon tried to catch her, but she was weak and her high heel caught in her dress; she fell to the bottom of the flight and lay in the hall. The Bishop of Hell by Marjorie Bowen

Edmund Burke It may be allowed to his temperament to catch his ultimate object with an intuitive glance; but his movements towards it ought to be deliberate. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anthony Trollope And the father evidently had no desire to catch him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I thought they would track us by it, and I cried, ‘My veil; catch my veil. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Gustave Flauber The outgoing tide exposed star-fish and sea-urchins, and the children tried to catch the flakes of foam which the wind blew away. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

He uttered a cry and tottered; Rémy arrived in time to catch him in his arms and make him sit down on the bench that Diana had just quitted. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens You won’t catch me at that just yet, sir. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Mark Twain He had also contrived to catch a few bats, and these, also, he had eaten, leaving only their claws. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Charles Dickens And this from me!” He had barely time to catch a bouquet from her hand, when the train was flying through the night. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Thomas Hardy So transitory was the expression that none but a sensitive woman, and she in Grace’s position, would have had the power to catch its meaning. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell But we must first catch our house-mother. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Gustave Flauber Often he would go towards Carthage, striving to catch sight of Hamilcar’s troops. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sir Walter Scott I will teach thee a spring, Tony, to catch a pewit. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Blowzer’s quotation of me, on page 630 of his glorious work, How to catch British Butterflies, is correct. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Anthony Trollope Even though she should be driven to catch him by the arm in the open street, she would have it out with him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Then an observation was made by an honourable member of the Government — presumably in a whisper, but still loud enough to catch the sharp ears of Sir Timothy, who now sat just below the gangway. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant When Mr. Vincent again raised his head, and sat erect with the notice in his hand, the troubled deacon made vain attempts to catch his eye, and ask what was to be done. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She stopped a moment to catch the words; they were talking about a ghost which was said to have just passed down the street, and discussing whether it was a real ghost or a trick to frighten people. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton Shall I write the telegram for you, Auntie? If it goes at once Ellen can probably catch tomorrow morning’s train. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Rudyard Kipling After that alteration it made a beautiful salting-machine, if you held tight, because there was nothing to catch your feet when you fell out, and the slats rattled tunes. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Anna’s eyes were brightly fixed upon the door of the hall to catch the first glimpse of her friend’s “catch. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell There were no smock-frocks, even among the country folk; they retarded motion, and were apt to catch on machinery, and so the habit of wearing them had died out. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

If I do catch it, I ought to be able to get all the information I want in time to catch the last train back to town. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Andrew Lang He cried to a neighbour for help, and between them they managed to catch the tanuki, and shut him up safely in a wooden chest. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton And when we found you’d gone we were frightened — and he was awfully upset — so I said I’d catch you. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

They looked mostly very young, and there was one smiling rogue at the first window who was obviously prepared to catch anything thrown to him. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

We still our breathing to catch the full grandeur of the volleys that are to tear them to shreds. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli There was a packet on the table, which seemed to catch the colonel’s eye immediately, and he at once opened it with eagerness. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins Some time since, a dreadful illness raged among the people in our part of this island; and I was so unfortunate as to catch the infection. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arnold Bennett If she can find nothing else to subdue, you may catch her in the early years subduing a gate-post or drawing homage from an empty chair. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson They catch the dipped oar with long antennae, and chequer the slimy bottom with the shadow of their leaves. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Through the opening we can just catch a glimpse of a woman upon her knees before a couch. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Bram Stoker After all, the main purpose of a sign-board is to catch the eye, and unless Titian and all who followed him are wrong, red has an attractive value beyond all other hues. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Perhaps society is past praying for, but there is always hope for the individual human being, if you can catch him young enough. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Henry James The great childish audience, gaping at her points, expanded there before her like a lap to catch flowers. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sinclair Lewis Try to catch the eleven-seven north, for Wakamin.” “Very well, sir. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Nellie Bly Several times I told them I thought everybody in the house looked crazy, but they were slow to catch on to my very original remark. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

That man from the Shi’ may come any minute, and if I catch one sound of his music I am done for. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Then he would be certain to catch a sleepy fish, and when he had eaten it his hunger would be appeased, and he would walk the beach no more. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells She hoped the play would catch his mind, but the play seemed devised to intensify his sense of the tawdry unreality of contemporary life. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Virginia Woolf She could not catch the end of the sentence. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

G. K. Chesterton But what I catch is something far more elusive, and as slippery as any fish. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray I tried to catch Garter’s eye, but either I couldn’t or he wouldn’t. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Daniel Defoe Here we had the diversion of seeing them catch fish with the assistance of a dog. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

George Meredith Had she done so, she would have failed to catch Wilfrid, whose soul thirsted for poetical refinement and filmy delicacies in a woman. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sinclair Lewis During his sermon the next Sunday she looked up at him waiting to smile, but he took care not to catch her eye. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton The photograph was well enough — but to catch her as she had looked last night! Gerty agreed with him — never had she been so radiant. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle The whistling of a belated peasant upon the high road was a relief to us, and we strained our ears to catch the last of his notes as he plodded steadily homewards. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

William Morris Yet if ye escape this first ambush, unless ye are timely in riding early tomorrow it is not unlike that he shall send swift riders to catch up with you ere ye come to the mountains. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Willa Cather She watched Mr. Snowberry as if she hoped to catch some visible sign of the miracle he was performing. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Thomas Hardy What can they prove?’ The listener tasked herself to the utmost to catch his answer, but it was in vain. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Eliot It’s no use staring about to catch sight of a sound. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

G. K. Chesterton It was like seeing a porridge bowl as big as a house, or a mouse-trap made to catch elephants. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins As for paper, the first stray morsel of anything that I can write upon will do, provided I snatch it up in time to catch my ideas as they fly. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

They are thus enabled to catch hold of any twig with which they may be brought into contact by the revolving movement of the internodes. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

George Gissing And let me catch you disobeying me! I should think you might find better friends than a girl as used to be the Peckovers’ dirty little servant. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Then all that day the police searched for him, but it was no wonder they did not catch him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

The catch on the chain was not bent in any way. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Louisa May Alcott Meg smiled and relented, and whispered as they stood waiting to catch the time, “Take care my skirt doesn’t trip you up. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins He raised the two thousand francs; and away went Balzac to catch his runaway genius, to bask in the society of a female angel, and to coin money in the form of manuscripts. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Then they, certain that the thief was also the murderer, had made all plans to catch him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Jules Verne Herbert much regretted that Top had not been able to catch one of these carnivora. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

William Hazlitt Then marvel not, thou great and complete man, That all the Greeks begin to worship Ajax; Since things in motion sooner catch the eye, Than what not stirs. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

So, if you’ll answer me truthfully, I leave it to other people to catch you, and not interfere. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Radclyffe Hall Nervous, awkward and apprehensive, Stephen arrived at the Antrims that night, little thinking that Fate, the most expert of tricksters, was waiting to catch her just round the corner. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing I suppose it was natural she should catch at an offer of marriage, poor girl, but it seems to have been most ill-advised. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D. H. Lawrence If she could catch one! The brilliant yellow sun was half-way down the mountain. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Andrew Lang The man laid all sorts of traps to catch the thief, but instead of capturing the foe, it happened that one day he got caught himself, and falling down, struck his head against a stone, and was killed. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She stood gazing after him, as long as her straining eye could catch any outline of his figure as it disappeared through the gloom of the evening. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy When Louis met his sister, a short time after, he did not catch her, as he had intended to do, by saying suddenly, ‘I have found your bracelet. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]