Phrases with "catch"

George Eliot If you can catch Adam for a husband, Hetty, you’ll ride i’ your own spring-cart some day, I’ll be your warrant. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Once he even passed it over to me to clean, with the catch up and the magazine half loaded. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

And so they went forth in their drunken fury towards the village of which the taverner had spoken, with terrible execrations on their lips that “Death should be dead, if they might catch him. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

She was really going, when she caught sight of a familiar person approaching her — a surprising vision, which caused her to catch her breath and turn rather pale. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Wilkie Collins I made the letter up like a parcel, and sent the coachman with it to catch the mail on its way through to London. The next thing was to go to the justice of the peace. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

And what a place! They haven’t a penny between them, and the family coach has rats in the straw, and they put buckets in the hall when it’s raining to catch the water through the ceiling. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Poor father! Poor Don Carlos!” There was the catch of a sob in the shadow of the end gallery. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Lord, catch us not up, if we forget or make mistake; Lord, load us not with a burden, as Thou hast loaded those who were before us. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Anthony Trollope There, he won’t catch cold now;” and so having thrown a rug over Dumpling’s back, he followed Adela into the station. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell Molly was struck by her father’s low tones of comfort and sympathy, although she could not follow what was said quickly enough to catch the meaning of what passed. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

James Joyce Her voice had a catch in it like her son’s and she stuttered slightly. Dubliners by James Joyce

I made a catch at it with a scream of triumph, whose unearthly sound brought me back to my senses. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

D. H. Lawrence At one o’clock, or, rather, at a quarter to one, Mr. Pappleworth disappeared to catch his train: he lived in the suburbs. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford He couldn’t believe she could be so absolutely calm: the after-wash of that impulse had been so strong in him that it was as if he had tried to catch her to him and had been foiled by her . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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]

D.H. Lawrence He and Helena had climbed among coils of rope on to the prow of their steamer, so they could catch a little spray of speed on their faces to stimulate them. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim She made her way once more into her father’s den, took one of his brace of revolvers from his gun cupboard, loaded it with skillful fingers and set the catch at safety. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

G. K. Chesterton At last he said, in a more troubled voice: “I didn’t want you to catch me; I knew it would be a shock. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Olaf Stapledon The overtaking undulations took long to catch me. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

William Hope Hodgson Intently, I gazed around; but could catch no sight of her. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy Faith, it was well for you I didn’t catch ye then! I should have taken a revenge in a better way than I shall now. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Meredith Cymric enough was in Nesta to catch any thrill from her and join to her mood, if it hung out a colour sad or gay, and was noble, as any mood of this dear Louise would surely be. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins I was just in time to catch the train, and I had no opportunity of discovering the carriage in which you were travelling. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Herman Melville Fairy land not yet, thought I, flinging my bridle to a humped old tree, that crooked out an arm to catch it. The Piazza by Herman Melville

H. G. Wells His eye meets ours with a mute inquiry, and then as we fall to, we catch him scrutinising our cuffs, our garments, our boots, our faces, our table manners. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Viat. Good Master, as we walk towards the water, wil you be pleased to make the way seeme shorter by telling me first the nature of the Trout, and then how to catch him. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Arthur Morrison Old boxes and packing-wood littered the yard, and it would be easy to mount a selected box, shift the catch of the little window, and wriggle in, feet first, without noise. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Ford Madox Ford I’m not going to Lady Sachse’s alone, looking as if I couldn’t catch a man to escort me, under the eyes of half the French house of peers . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Sir Walter Scott But now, hinney, ye maun help me to catch the beast, and ye maun get on behind me, for we maun off like whittrets before the whole clanjamfray be doun upon us; the rest o’ them will no be far off. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

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]

Sinclair Lewis The McGanums said good-by as though they were going to Tibet instead of to the station to catch No. 7 north. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Let’s have tea at once — she has to catch a train. To Let by John Galsworthy

Kenneth Grahame Better still, the portcullis was up — I could even catch a glimpse of the sunlit square within — and a dainty company was trooping through the gate on horseback, two and two. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

M. P. Shiel We then afresh set off, straining to catch the next day’s 5. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Marjorie Bowen He also found himself straining his ears to catch the possible sound of a footstep on the stairs, a rap, or a voice at the door. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Olaf Stapledon At one time he used to catch wasps and cut them in two, so as to observe the strange behaviour of the parts. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Associating now with men of education, he had taken care to catch up their tone and accent; and he was ever, afloat or ashore, striving to improve himself. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

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]

Arthur Morrison Crellan.” The day and the state of Hewitt’s engagements suited, and there was full half an hour to catch the train. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope But they didn’t catch a single fox; and, if you must have the truth, it seemed to me to be rather slow. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Susanna Rowson Extatic joy pervades my soul; I reach my arms to catch your dear embraces; the motion chases the illusive dream; I wake to real misery. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Rudyard Kipling When you hear him move in the bushes, go straight across to Aves. They want to catch us flagrante delicto. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

You will do as I tell you, Mr Henriques.’ I did not catch the answer, but the two went out and locked the door. Prester John by John Buchan

H. Rider Haggard They can get no food on the island, for they have no guns and ducks do not stop to be caught, but outside the alligators will wait in hundreds to catch them. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang Sometimes she would see him on a hill-top, and then would hasten after him, hoping to catch him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It is not till the tenth century that we once again catch a fleeting glimpse of Philæ. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

There’s a big one in the middle, of a woman with wings and no head who looks as if she was stepping out to catch a bus. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth If I can turn the course of Lady Delacour’s mind, thought she, or catch her attention, perhaps she will recover herself. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

He hurried on: “What happened to-night — the abduction, I mean — can’t be properly explained till we catch the abductors. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Machinery that would catch up in its gears and meshes, and maim and destroy, the innocent with the guilty. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle I have had no proof yet of the existence of this Jonathan Small. However, if you can catch him, I don’t see how I can refuse you an interview with him. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He piled them in the empty yawning space of the black hearth, and built them one on another in a pile; and struck a match and fired them, tossing pine‐cones in to catch the flames. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence She heard the catch of his intaken breath as he found her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Lawson I’ve been there before, and you might as well try to catch an old bird with chaff. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

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

In sunshine we see a greenness beneath the azure, as of spring meadows; we catch glimpses of silver lines, and imagine the roll of living waters. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Edith Wharton It was like trying to catch at bright short waves. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Hardie learned where Dodd’s party lodged, and waited about the door to catch him alone: Dodd must be in college by twelve, and would leave Henley before ten. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I want to catch sight of the troll. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Francis Bacon There are found also certain materials which catch fire a long way off, as we are told the naphtha of Babylon does. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

H.P. Lovecraft About four hours remained for conversation if I were to catch the eight o’clock coach for Arkham, and I began to dole out more liquor to the ancient tippler; meanwhile eating my own frugal lunch. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

D. H. Lawrence And he seemed to catch the lilt and the timbre of her voice. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

We were doing our best to catch them up, when I distinctly saw a heavy stone flung into their midst. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Meredith He affected to be quite out of the world; but finding that Evan took the hint in his usual prosy manner, was reduced to call after him, and finally to run and catch him. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Eliot And here must I take the brown-and-white jug, as it’s niver been used three times this year, and go down i’ the cellar myself, and belike catch my death, and be laid up wi’ inflammation. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Sinclair Lewis It was nearly time for me to catch the afternoon train, and Bill drove me to the station. The Hack Driver by Sinclair Lewis

If I got a decent cab I ought to have time to catch it, and to spare. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

G. K. Chesterton Where the deuce shall we catch him now?” “I keep forgetting the name of the common,” said Basil, as he buttoned up his coat. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

If you go off at once you’ll catch Eunice on that seat behind the bushes in the rose garden. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

There’s my picture: and I’m his friend—so much so, that had he thought seriously to catch you, I should, perhaps, have held my tongue, and let you fall into his trap. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let the extortioner catch all that he hath, and let the stranger spoil his labor. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

He answered all my questions readily enough, but my ear seemed to catch a tone of unwillingness. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

I have to catch a train at a quarter to eleven; I am going to Liverpool.” “After Mr. Saltram?” “Yes; I do not consider him in a fitting condition to travel alone. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu If you mean to attempt an escape, you had better try it now; I will give you fourteen hours’ start, and undertake to catch and bring you back to London as a forger. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

And now lets walk towards the water again, and as I go Ile tel you when you catch your next Chub, how to dresse it as this was. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

I have seen this process of disarticulation in no other tendrils, for these, when they fail to catch an object, merely wither away. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Considine’s gaze was fixed on them; he was leaning forward as if to catch the first glimpse of the returning consciousness, to meet and hold it lest it should fail. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Captain B. chased a gazelle himself, and had the good fortune to catch him. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Rudyard Kipling After a time they understood he was warning them not to catch colds. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Mark Twain I stuck tight to the wall and kept mighty still, though quivery; and I wondered what them fellows would say to me if they catched me; and I tried to think what I’d better do if they did catch me. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang The Prince was eager to catch it, if possible, so they gave chase and rode on without stopping until all the horses began to founder beneath them. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Ellen — ELLEN!” she cried in her shrill old voice, trying to bend forward far enough to catch a glimpse of the lawn beyond the verandah. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald So he won’t catch on, see?” As she went out Pat wished he had kept a copy of the note. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

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

Rudyard Kipling After that he was taken off timber-hauling, and employed, with a few score other elephants who were trained to the business, in helping to catch wild elephants among the Garo hills. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

H. G. Wells Life is an engine, a trap, to catch blind force and turn it into more life and build it up into greater and more powerful forms. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He kept his heart continually open, and thus was sure to catch the blessing from on high when it should come. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Theodore Dreiser As he stood in the door looking to catch the eye of Rivers, the ‘change gong sounded, and trading stopped. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James I am afraid I watched to catch it in the act — watched her with a curiosity of which she might well have become aware. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins I had lived long enough with my uncle Starkweather to catch some of his enthusiasm for field sports, and to learn something, especially, of the angler’s art. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He mixes truth and falsehood together so cleverly that it’s a miracle, almost, to catch him out. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle A hundred pounds if we catch them!” “Threes!” roared the sergeant. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He was in the fencing-room, thoroughly aroused, his senses on the alert to catch the slightest sound. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Edith Wharton Even now I can’t catch the details, I can’t separate the massed flags, or distinguish the famous generals as they ride by, or the names of the regiments as they pass. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Robert Louis Stevenson All this same time they will not let me be seeing him, nor yet him write; and we wait upon the King’s street to catch him; and now we give him his snuff as he goes by, and now something else. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells They are harder to catch than adults, and the spirit of Russian Communism is against punishing them. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Baldwin Spencer The opossum man came down from the tree and ran after the thief, but he had got such a start that he could not catch him. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Let us linger behind and sun ourselves upon a tussock or a flax bush, and let them travel on until we catch them up again. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

In vain his master attempted to catch him. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Edith Wharton People left him to his sorrow as a man is left to an incurable habit, an unfortunate tie: they ignored it, or looked over its head if they happened to catch a glimpse of it at his elbow. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

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

She thought it better Marianne should live at St. Mildred’s than die in London, and was ready to catch at the prospect of her being fitted for a governess. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope From any other lips he would have been sharp enough to catch it. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

I was only just in time to catch sight of them before a cloud passed over. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Only when the train arrived at St. Pancras did he tumble out, sleepy still, to catch a sight of his faithful friend on the platform. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

However, Tom is an excellent fellow, and Georgy was a lucky girl to catch such a husband. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry Kingsley Where are you, my love?” He was alone, in a railway carriage, leaning out to catch the fresh wind, as he said this. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You don’t catch me walkin’ that far. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang Then he learnt to catch the little sun moths and rub them through the finest sieves, and the flour from them he made into soft bread for the toothless old woman. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A Tuscan is no bird to catch with chaff. Signa by Ouida

After all, if a man goes to work cautious and runs mute it’s not so easy to catch him in this country, at any rate. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

He was just passing Major Poole’s pretentious residence in the High Road, and the owner of the house himself was hurrying down the lawn to catch him. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The second time, I began to catch on. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Through all this petty tumult, which kept beguiling one’s eyes and upper strata of thought, it was delightful to catch glimpses of the grand old architecture that stood around the square. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

John Keats There is Wild Wood, A mild hood To the sheep on the lea o’ the down, Where the golden furze, With its green, thin spurs, Doth catch at the maiden’s gown. Poems by John Keats

Sir Walter Scott To catch a stray horse by the bridle, throw himself upon it, and rush to the assistance of his followers, was, with Burley, the affair of a moment. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

H. G. Wells By chance, one hopping to avoid us leapt into the hole caused by the uprooting of a wind-blown tree; before it could extricate itself we managed to catch it. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft Lifting the cover, I shifted the heavy object to my back, and let the hook catch hold of my collar. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray The boys can’t stand his bowling, and when he hits, it is like trying to catch a cannon-ball. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

George Meredith They were genuine, or she would better have been able to second her efforts to catch a distinct vision of his retreating figure. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Meredith The officer found it no difficult matter to catch him and pluck the letter from him; he opened it, reading it on the jog of the saddle as he cantered off. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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]

The carp were stored away in my mind, nobody knew about them except me, I was going to catch them some time. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Bram Stoker His object was primarily to catch the eye and so arrest the intelligence of any whom he wished to impress. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

They would hear a strange, quavering note in the preacher’s voice, catch the sense of a piercing, soul-commanding gleam in his eye — not at all to be resisted. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton I know he is really happy, and yet I can never catch him at it. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Walter Scott The keen, searching, inquiring, and bold disposition of Edward, might have afforded fuel to the fire; but that is removed, and there is nothing left which the flame may catch to. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

D. H. Lawrence Do you hear —” charging upon the attendant women, who shrank against the wall —“she’s to have nothing alcoholic at all, and don’t let me catch you giving it her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

There was a tame hawk at the station of S. Ambrogio. The station-master said it used to go now and again to the church-steeple to catch sparrows, but would always return in an hour or two. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

George Meredith You are here because—? of course you wish to see Sir Willoughby. She? I did not catch you quite. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell And the first time I catch you making mischief, off you go. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Andrew Lang Round and round the room it ran, round and round they both ran after it, knocking down chairs and vases in their efforts to catch the mouse and put it back in the tureen. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Laura, who was clumsy with her hands, never mastered this game; nor could she play marbles or spin tops or catch balls, or play hopscotch. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Benjamin Disraeli I catch the Cynthia of the minute, sir, at a soiree. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Ah, if you could but read some of the unwritten Roundabout Papers, how you would be amused! Aha! my friend, I catch you saying, “Well, then, I wish THIS was unwritten with all my heart. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

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]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Also they might economise very much on food — gather olives off their own trees and eat them, for instance, and perhaps catch fish. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

John Galsworthy So catch hold of yourself hard at the start, and go on catching hold, or you’ll make it worse for him. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

The Pharisees can even catch up the woman with the mites. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Arthur Conan Doyle I tried to catch him by the hands. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Maria Edgeworth So Harrington, my boy, I charge you at your peril, whatever else you do, keep out of the hands of the Jews — never go near the Jews: if once they catch hold of you, there’s an end of you, my boy. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Edgar Rice Burroughs Nor does he need to check his speed to catch these seemingly faint records of the fleeing beast. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

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. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James One of his principal canons is that he must enable his spectators to catch the suburban trains, which stop at 11. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

John Galsworthy You children run off, and don’t let me catch you —” “If Smith goes,” said Francie, loudly, “we’re going too. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton You know the Chinese train them to catch fish . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

I was vaulting over the stile the near way across the fields, expecting to catch it for staying, when a man shot into my path from behind the hedge. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

Sinclair Lewis I’ll tell you, boy — Any hurry about locating Lutkins?” “Yes. I want to catch the afternoon train back. The Hack Driver by Sinclair Lewis

Anne Bronte When it was ended, and my transient regret at its abrupt conclusion was over, I opened the window and put out my head to catch the cooling breeze, and imbibe deep draughts of the pure morning air. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

George Meredith In return, they inquired whether he would come with them and hunt the voice, saying that they would catch it for him. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Morier managed to catch the Crown Prince on his way south to Italy and had a long talk with him in the railway train. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

There are a lot of evil-minded horses about the city, who seem to take a fiendish delight in letting fly their heels at whomsoever they catch in a godly reverie unconscious of their proximity. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Willa Cather Claude sat at one end of it, his head bared to catch the faint stir of air that sometimes dried his neck and chin and saved him the trouble of pulling out a handkerchief. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Her figure swayed backward and forward, in so ominous a fashion that, halfway up the staircase, almost involuntarily Madge stretched out her arms to catch her if she fell. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

She had said nothing, and had bidden me good-bye as if we were off to Norway to catch salmon. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

The players, two parties of some twenty slaves, of all ages and sizes, mingled, each side striving to catch the ball, and with many feints and antics to pass it on to a friend. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

F. Scott Fitzgerald On the other hand they just might catch Miss Temple on her way in or out — and for a pleasant day at Santa Anita tomorrow Pat needed five smackers more. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Sinclair Lewis No one can catch me — it would take me myself to do that!” He got into bed. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Lord Amersteth bent down to catch the words. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

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

George Gissing There was more of healthful girlishness in her motions, her smile; she would spring and catch a bough swaying above her, would run a space with the big house-dog bounding beside her. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

When we catch a wild falcon which has changed its plumage we term it a hagard. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

They’re simply bound to catch her; the wonder to me is that they haven’t done so months ago. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

He was very late and I was quite relieved to see him, as I wanted to catch the half-past seven bus to go to that concert. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Steele Rudd Dad called and shouted, but no one could catch a word he said. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Arthur Conan Doyle With our slow pace we could not catch him, nor could we calculate his line so as to cut him off. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

This flocculent mass is so loosely connected with the body that it is difficult to catch the insect without breaking the greater part of it off. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Ford Madox Ford You didn’t want to catch them; Waterhouse didn’t, the policeman didn’t. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Virginia Woolf Sometimes she strayed in from the garden purposely to catch them at it. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Rudyard Kipling I’ll catch the beggar, livin’. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Hope I believe that she was the first to catch a hint of the tidings I brought. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, the sooner we get to work the better, for I wish to catch the seven o’clock express at Hellifield. Twenty three-minute rounds, with one-minute intervals, and Queensberry rules. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Gaston Leroux And now, daroga, take my advice and go and dry yourself, or you’ll catch a cold in the head! . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

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

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]

Their search and the subsequent enquiry proved utterly fruitless, although both were conducted with cunning, amply exemplifying the accuracy of the old proverb, “Set a thief to catch a thief. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Jules Verne He finally managed to catch a few words, and was sure he heard his master say, “You are certain of what you tell me?” “Certain, sir,” replied the engineer. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Conway, whom the rarefied air troubled less than the rest, was at pains to catch the occasional chatter of the chair-bearers. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Oscar Wilde Where the cultured catch an effect, the uncultured catch cold. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Mark Twain If I was to catch a nigger that was ungrateful enough to run away, I wouldn’t give him up, I’d hang him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

George Meredith He rolled a ball for souls, excited like kittens, to catch it, and tumbling into the dozens of vacant pits. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was the same in effect as that which had been hinted to me the day previous by the Grand Vizier. I confess I was too agitated to catch every word that was spoken. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Let you send some one,” says he, “to such a place to catch a fish. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Theodore Dreiser She stopped playing and tried to catch her breath, for, strong as she was, it affected her breathing. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Tobias Smolle The morning was cold and raw, and I knew myself extremely subject to catch cold; nevertheless we were all so impatient to be ashore, that I resolved to take his advice. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing The patriot had to be content with promises of another such evening, and Piers, saying significantly “You will hear from me,” hastened to catch his train. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Well, we can’t afford to let them catch him. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Then she said bravely, but with a catch in her voice: “Marilla, DON’T think of it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Gustave Flauber Paul would go to the old barn, catch birds, throw stones into the pond, or pound the trunks of the trees with a stick till they resounded like drums. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

It was several minutes before someone managed to catch the dog. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Thomas Love Peacock The courtly pad doth amble, When his gay lord would ramble:     But both may catch     An awkward scratch, If they ride among the bramble: The bramble, the bramble, the bonny forest bramble. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

He leaped away to catch the culprit, and Eliza Monk sat down on the bench, all gladness gone out of her. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Rudyard Kipling Is the SOVEREIGN to lie in Thames river all her days, or will she take the high seas?” ‘“Oh,” he says quickly, “the King keeps no cats that don’t catch mice. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

H. G. Wells It’s nearly twelve and I have a train to catch early to-morrow. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

As, however, I did not understand a word she said, I did not catch her meaning either; besides, I was writing, and she nearly covered me with dust, so that I thought her a bit of a juvenile bore. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James Oh there would have been things to blink at if one had let one’s self go; and it was lucky they were alone together, without Sir Claude or Mrs. Wix or even Mrs. Beale to catch an imprudent glance. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Radclyffe Hall She was certain, whatever the doctor said, that Milly’s lungs were diseased, and she did not want to catch consumption and probably die of it. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall