Phrases with "catching"

Wilkie Collins The catching of a train, you will observe, was (no doubt at Miss Batchford’s instigation) of more importance than the parental embrace or the pastoral blessing. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James They overflowed with music and song, were always humming and catching each other up, and had a sort of professional acquaintance with Continental cities. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

D. H. Lawrence She made a swift gesture of repulsion, whereupon, catching sight of her hand, she hid it swiftly against her skirt again. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Hold her a little higher, or her feet will be catching on the stones. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Sitting perfectly motionless, as he always did in his musings, he had seen a fox come lurching down over the hill, and the animal, catching sight of the seagulls, had at once started to stalk them. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Wilkie Collins I shall be returning to Paris by this road in ten days’ time, and I shall call on Monsieur Hérault to suggest a plan of my own for catching the scoundrel. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Bram Stoker Adam, followed by Sir Nathaniel, rushed forward and joined her — Adam catching his wife by the arm and holding her tight. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope Dr. Pountner did see him, catching him at his own hall door, but the interview was very short, and not particularly pleasant. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edgar Allan Poe We afterward saw three of the same kind in the vicinity of the ravine, apparently seeking for the one we had captured; but, as they never alighted, we had no opportunity of catching them. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton He remembered her address: she lived only a few streets off, he had plenty of time to call before catching his train. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Did you find it dull here, Lavinia, all by yourself?” “‘Dull’ is not the right word for it,” answered Lavinia, catching her breath with a sigh. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

M. P. Shiel If you touch me too soon, me shoooot you!” But this did not deter, and when she saw him flush toward urgency, she took to her heels; nor could he come near to catching her. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

D. H. Lawrence And sometimes the young man, catching a glimpse of his sweetheart’s attitude towards his sister, hated her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett Hilda demanded curtly of Unchpin why he had not waited in the warm kitchen, according to instructions, instead of catching his death of cold in the porch. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence For all he was so young and limber, he had difficulty in catching her. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Anthony Trollope It’s only a catching scent because the drops don’t hang on the bushes. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Rudyard Kipling She was choking with her throat; had rushed to the window for air; had near pitched out, and in catching at the window bars had cut her hand. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Wilkie Collins If he can’t, we shall have another chance of catching them in the shrubbery, before many more nights are over our heads. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Rudyard Kipling A few bands of scattered clouds strung up and down the valley, catching on a shoulder of the hills, or rising up and dying out when they were level with the head of the pass. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

I set up a howl, and blindly made for the yard, where I ran into Natalia leading Ermokhin by the arm, crying: “Come along, horse! What is the matter with you?” she asked, catching hold of me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sit up in bed and lean forward like this,” he begged, catching hold of him. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

After that they saved their powder, and concentrated all their energies on the task of catching us. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

D. H. Lawrence When Billy, catching up the local jargon, called Cassie a “sinner”, everybody detested him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

A different type would have babbled to all and sundry, and collected sympathy like a street singer catching coins in a hat. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

John Galsworthy Then, seeing that Alan looked as if he, too, had feelings, she moved out of her pew to join Fleur and Michael; but, catching sight of Adrian near the entrance, went to him instead. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell Not if I could be of any comfort to you, Mary”; catching at some glimmering hope. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Arthur Morrison Do you want to see that will before I let Mr. Flint in?” “Yes!” exclaimed Cater furiously, catching at his arm. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens Don’t take on so, don’t take on so!” “O good Sally, dear Sally,” moans the lady, catching at her dress entreatingly. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Janet rose slowly to her feet, catching them as she did so in something soft. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

The servants were out of sight, catching naps in the shade somewhere behind the house. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Charles Dickens It was the gesture of an instant, but as she did so and accompanied the action with a menacing look, she met his eye in the glass, catching her in the very act. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Thomas Hardy Yes, I was born at so and so, Anno Domini — ” “I was born at Marlott,” she said, catching at his words as a help, lightly as they were spoken. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

And Matilda, catching the words, gave a cry of dismay, and burst into tears. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Virginia Woolf At length there was Mr Dupper catching at the ends of his white tie and asking where was the prayer book. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

There was a bed there, the curtains of which he tore with catching at them. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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 excitement of catching him over, the elder of the two men — they were, of course, Lord Danvers’ gamekeepers — asked him who he was and where he came from. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Henry James He brushed himself up; with which, catching his stricken image a bit spectrally in an old dim toilet-glass, he knew again, in a flash, the glow of righteous resentment. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

Thomas Hardy She arose from her restful position, her eye catching his with a shamefaced expression of having given way at last. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Chilled to the marrow, Roxton and Malone crouched by the door, catching snatches of that inconceivable dialogue. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Leon Trotsky Some times he would suddenly flare up during the lesson and look angrily about, catching a whisper that he imagined to be an insulting remark concerning himself. My Life by Leon Trotsky

William Makepeace Thackeray Thus he is prevented from catching any sudden cold which might be dangerous to him. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Edith Wharton He dwelt on this in silence while they walked on catching as they passed a glimpse of the red-carpeted Westmore hall on which the glass doors were just being closed. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James She had the positive sense of their catching their relative, catching her in the act of getting rid of her burden with a finality that showed her as unprecedentedly relaxed. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

After climbing up the barranca, one of them ran off along the edge of the cliff, as if he were determined to cut the whole concern, and we wasted some time in catching him. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

They know England and English ways too well! “He felt alarmed at catching himself thinking as if his vaguest suspicions were turning into a certitude. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells It was gold lit on the left hand, catching the sunlight, and below and to the right clear and cold in the shadow. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He tried to scramble up the side of the cabin, and succeeded in catching a fleeting hold upon the thatched roof. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Then, for the first time catching sight of a stranger, he looked scared, and with a quick movement put the hand holding the pheasant behind him. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

He, indeed, loathed the country; one must be mad, he would declare, to exile oneself from Paris with the idea of catching influenza beside the sea. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Thomas Hughes Up goes Tom, the guard catching his hat-box and holding on with one hand, while with the other he claps the horn to his mouth. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Jack London I had just the moments to spare, if I were lucky, to get in touch with some local leader before catching my train. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Jules Verne One carried a harpoon and a line similar to those employed in catching whales. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Meredith After his ineffectual catching at the volatile idea, Mr. Radnor found repose in thoughts of his daughter and her dear mother. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing For all that, his heart throbbed as he stood at the door, and with catching breath, he followed the servant upstairs. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

What took you into the rain!” “Running after t’ lads, as usuald!” croaked joseph, catching an opportunity, from our hesitation, to thrust in his evil tongue. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Because we have never so much as dreamed of catching the spirit of that law. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

He had her again, catching her hand. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

D. H. Lawrence He grasped her strong shoulders heavily, leaned against her, and, feeling her round, firm breast doubled up against his side, he smiled, catching his breath. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Rudyard Kipling Now that I have heard their voices, all the beauty of Bret Harte is being ruined for me, because I find myself catching through the roll of his rhythmical prose the cadence of his peculiar fatherland. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Fielding This accident promising them better sport than what they had proposed, they quitted their intention of catching birds, and unanimously resolved to proceed to the justice with the offenders. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Francis Bacon Still even they were not altogether free from the failing of their nation, but leaned too much to the ambition and vanity of founding a sect and catching popular applause. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

He had so often taken his violin up there and played in concert with them, echoing and catching all their notes. Signa by Ouida

The blood rushed back into Guy’s cheeks, and, controlling his voice with powerful effort, he said — ‘I have had an insulting — an unpleasant letter,’ he added, catching himself up. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Florence Dixie The struggling field behind had no more chance of catching them than a dachshund would of catching a hare. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

The rich light pierced the solemn gloom, catching the silver sconces on the wall and the silver figures standing in the carved niches above the fireplace. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jane Austen Here is a nut,” said he, catching one down from an upper bough. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

In America the chief executive office of a country, whose most characteristic duties, in some of the Western and Southern States, are the catching and hanging of rogues. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins I remembered the necessity of catching the two confederates, and the importance of not interfering with the appointment that had been made for the next morning. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arnold Bennett She spoke so indistinctly that her mother now really had some difficulty in catching her words. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

To lower a boat for the purpose of catching him in the water would have been useless and imprudent. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe The agony of suspense grew at length intolerable, and I cautiously moved forward, with my arms extended, and my eyes straining from their sockets, in the hope of catching some faint ray of light. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Ivan Turgenev She smiled slyly and mysteriously, and at last whispered to me, ‘Well, what is it?’ but I merely blushed and laughed, and turned away, catching my breath. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Arglay cried out and sprang forward, catching the arm, trying to press it down, catching the other shoulder, trying to press it back. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

Nevertheless, catching hold of the upstanding, rounded ears, they tugged and heaved with all their might, but could only succeed in shifting the head a little to one side. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith Mr. Eglett, good man, is between them, catching it right and left; and he deserves his luck for marrying her. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

H. Rider Haggard One by one they stepped on to the giddy point of rock, and, catching at the birch-bush, entered the hole. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith Nevertheless, he did his business of catching and worrying my poor unwary sentences too neatly for me, an admirer of real force and aptitude, to feel vindictive. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Frederick Marryat I will tell him what a plenty there are, and propose that he should invent some way of catching one. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

George MacDonald Odu, catching sight of the leopardess on the feet of the princess, bounded to her next, and throwing an arm over the great sleeping head, fondled and kissed it. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Meredith I would not have him draw back now,’ said Diana, catching her breath. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The Portuguese seamen are famed for catching fish. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Virginia Woolf It was only for a moment, catching sight of myself before I had time to prepare myself as I always prepare myself for the sight of myself, that I quailed. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Wilkie Collins In my present humor, I preferred being alone — and, as a means of getting through my idle time, I was quite content to be occupied in catching insects. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

The men usually catch one in the morning, throw a saddle and bridle upon him, and use him for the day, and let him go at night, catching another the next day. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Abraham Merri She thrust a white arm into mine protectingly, the wonderfully moulded hand with its long, tapering fingers catching about my wrist; my heart glowed toward her. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edgar Allan Poe Bitterly did we now regret the loss of our jug and carboy; for, in spite of the little means we had of catching the water, we might have filled one, if not both of them. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Charlotte Perkins Gilman He seemed to mind our confinement more than Jeff or I did; and he harped on Alima, and how near he’d come to catching her. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

He jumped to his feet, catching the rabbit by its long ears. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Bram Stoker So we shall, if we have not yet catch him and destroy him, drive him to bay in some place where the catching and the destroying shall be, in time, sure. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James It was at all events, I felt, one of the consequences of having caught on to so much that I by this time found myself catching on to everything. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Please—” “The lady asked me particularly to say that she has only a few minutes to stay, as she is catching a train,” the footman decorously ventured. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Andrew Lang It is that beastly Thumbless Hand, no woman could have stood it, not to mention the chance of catching cold when it pulled the blankets off. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

He said that there were in Parma people who owed him six hundred francs, and that with that sum he could repair his hut in which now his poor children were catching cold. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Their method of catching wild pigs. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Thomas Wolfe Now the two friends had met again, and were seated side by side in the speeding train, talking and catching up on one another. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins How can I manage it? Monday will be too late for my business at Grailsea. I’ll go to-day, instead; and take my chance of catching the miller at his dinner-time. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James There were moments when, by an irresistible impulse, I found myself catching them up and pressing them to my heart. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Ford Madox Ford She knew that one was commanded not to commit adultery — but why, she thought, should one? It was probably something like catching salmon out of season — a thing one did not do. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Rudyard Kipling His first and natural impulse was to cross the line lower down, work up again, and, catching his well-wishers from behind, summarily slay them. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Henry James In these windows no sign of life ever appeared; it was as if, for fear of my catching a glimpse of them, the two ladies passed their days in the dark. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The girl, catching one word in ten, for he talked very fast, wondered at his anger. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

She held her breath, catching the divine moment that it might be with her for ever. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Kingsley Lucia had discovered that the wind was east, and that she was afraid to go to the gate for fear of catching cold; her real purpose being, that Valencia should meet Elsley first. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Samuel Johnson In our return, we found a little boy upon the point of rock, catching with his angle, a supper for the family. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Say thank you, Albert.” “Thank you, Miss Pym,” Albert said dutifully; and then, catching her eye, winked at her. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

John Lewis Burckhard The priest’s fear of catching cold prevented me from proceeding according to my wishes. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The meal certainly promised to be an excellent one, and Mr. McTavish, catching his wife’s eye, gave her what was intended to be an agreeably surprised wink. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

He was always catching a sore throat—or fancied it. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

She rushed to little Gauntry, catching him by the arm: ”Tis my Barnabas. . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Rudyard Kipling So! After supper I shall go away early, you know, because I shall be afraid of catching cold. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Watkin Tench Our usual method of cooking it was to cut off the daily morsel, and toast it on a fork before the fire, catching the drops which fell on a slice of bread, or in a saucer of rice. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Wilkie Collins To treat him, as I had treated Screw at the red-brick house, was equally out of the question, for he was certain to give me no chance of catching him alone. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Since the girl had spoken of catching a glimpse of something white among the trees, he believed pretty firmly that they had been followed in their excursion up the mountain by Mr. Jones’s secretary. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle If we have no other way of catching him, we can always bait our line with the ring. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

He went off grumbling, and as I mopped my brow I observed to my companions in my broadest Scots that it was a sore job catching trains. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

In a moment, under my eyes, the seamen, who had been holding their own with difficulty in a shower of defensive blows, began to dart forward, striking out with their fists, catching with their hands. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Once a week they emerged and crossed the common, catching on its summit the first sounds of the sweet-toned bells, calling them to church. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The enormous luck of catching sight of you, by mere chance, through the window electrified me. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells Odd the littleness of the things that exasperate when the fountains of life are embittered! My father-inlaw was perpetually catching me in moody moments and urging me to take to gardening. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The effect was stupendous, and Antonia felt a catching of her breath, that was almost a sob. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

M. P. Shiel Jack is catching fish in a boat; Tom owns the boat: so Jack gives fish to Tom, until Jack’s FD done on the fish is equivalent to Tom’s FD done on the boat; and now Jack owns the boat. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Thomas Hardy Jude now perceived that, so far as solid flesh went, he had the whole aged city to himself with the exception of a belated townsman here and there, and that he seemed to be catching a cold. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling Petersen Sahib had spent eighteen years in catching elephants, and he had only once before found such a dance-place. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Then catching up his great crabstaff, the Miller began laying about him as though he were clean gone mad. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Anthony Trollope She had known what it was to love—and yet she had married Henry Harcourt! Seldom, indeed, will punishment be so lame of foot as to fail in catching such a criminal as she had been. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Wilkie Collins I shall be returning to Paris, by this road, in ten days’ time, and I shall call on Monsieur Hérault, to suggest a plan of my own for catching the scoundrel. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jack London The pork was entirely gone, and we used the barrel for catching and storing rainwater. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Algernon Blackwood A strange impulse came to him, catching him somehow in the centre of his body — an impulse to drop upon all fours and run swiftly and silently. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

John Galsworthy But they ran riot with the war, catching at things they couldn’t get. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen He was afraid of catching cold I dare say, and invented this trick for getting out of it. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Tom, catching a glimpse of her face, saw that it was wet with tears. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell Molly saw Sylvia, and came quickly across the orchard to meet her, catching her feet in knots of grass as she hurried along. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Edith Wharton He listened a moment, catching Stilling’s farewell shout; then he moved a little nearer, and laid his hand on her arm. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

I don’t mean,” catching a glimpse of Ruth’s face, “that Catholics are—well—I don’t mean that. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson Whistling to him to stop, Furst ran the length of a street-block after Maurice, as the latter left the Conservatorium. “I say, Guest,” he said breathlessly, on catching up with him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang At last the mother got impatient and climbed up herself, but she was even less successful than Little One-eye and Little Three-eyes in catching hold of the fruit, and only grasped at the empty air. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James He was evidently very shy, and he laughed a great deal, catching his breath with an odd, startling sound, as the most convenient imitation of repose. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Hope Hodgson Jessop!” he shouted, catching his breath between the words. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The horses upon being brought up to the camp this morning on foot, displayed such abominable liveliness and flashness, that there was no catching them. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jane Austen Elinor, catching all, and more than all, his fears in a moment, proposed to call in further advice. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Charles Dickens We’ll burn them all down; make bonfires of them every one! Here!’ he cried, catching at the hangman’s hand. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

They’d done their duty in catching me, and that was all they thought about. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Presently, however, Major Poole, catching the inspector’s eye, asked him casually how the McIver case was getting on. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Theodore Dreiser The newspapers, in due time, catching wind of the true purport of the plan, ran screaming to their readers with the horrible intelligence. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I wanted of course to be even with him, but also I doubted if catching him would necessarily involve that. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry James His theory of his excursion was that he could alight anywhere — not nearer Paris than an hour’s run — on catching a suggestion of the particular note required. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Julian Hawthorne We walked on, seldom looking at one another, for fear of catching a glimpse of it in each other’s eyes. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Wilkie Collins All that he could observe was that she was too confused, on catching sight of him, to be able to utter a word. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Marjorie Bowen She went upstairs, hurrying, yet with difficulty, for she had to hold on to the bannisters to support herself and continually stumbled, catching her feet in her long skirt. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

James Joyce The great silver buckle of her belt seemed to depress the centre of her body, catching the light stuff of her white blouse like a clip. Dubliners by James Joyce

He made his way quickly into the grounds on the chance of catching Pellew spying about. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Ivan Turgenev I will come back,’ he declared, catching his breath. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Edith Wharton Selden, catching the glance, wondered what part Miss Bart had played in organizing the entertainment. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

They were both walking swiftly, so there was no question of catching her up. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Andrew Lang Once they had reached the bank he stretched one leg over to the other side, and, catching up Petru in the palm of his hand, set him down on the further shore. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf His own dexterity in catching the phrase plumb in the middle gave him a thrill of excitement. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Guy de Maupassant The German opened the carriage-door, and, catching M. Dubuis by the arm, said: “Go and do what I told you — quick, quick!” A Prussian detachment occupied the station. A Duel (Un Duel) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells That I would! Dratted mischief!” Miriam, catching Mr. Polly’s eye: “Elfrid! This lady knows Canterbury. I been telling her you been there. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Wynn’s books seemed to be catching well. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry James She had succeeded, however, as she often failed to do when people were presented to her, in catching his name, which appeared to be the same as that of Marian’s little stockbroker. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

George Gissing She was in constant expectation of catching a glimpse of the sea; in spite of all warnings it was a great surprise and disappointment to her that Richmond Hill did not end in cliffs and breakers. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Morrison What is it?” “Why,” said the blind man, catching her tight by the arm, and leaning forward to whisper; “it’s Dan, that’s what it is. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Jack London And one day, catching one of his enemies alone on the edge of the woods, he managed, by repeatedly overthrowing him and attacking the throat, to cut the great vein and let out the life. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Is he afraid of the old lady returning unexpectedly and catching him?” I could not echo her laugh; I could not even smile; I could only pucker up my brows as if angry. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

The man has got two clear days’ start and the chances are nine to one against catching him. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Helen Zimmern But I trust we have left London without acquiring any taste for dissipation or catching the rage for finery and fine people. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Anthony Hope The count would, in his turn, warn Rupert of Hentzau, and the work of catching the ringleader would all fall to be done again. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Andrew Lang Grimm. A poor man and his wife lived in a little cottage, where they supported themselves by catching fish in the nearest river, and got on as best they could, living from hand to mouth. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

We may give up the idea of catching him this time. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Mr. Hardy was on the eve of catching it with the new and powerful attractions of Under the Greenwood Tree (1872). The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

H. G. Wells And that’s the end of the matter!” “All right,” said Lewisham, catching his breath in a faint sob of shame, “Stick ’em down. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Henry James Her gesture of resignation gave him a pretext for catching at her hand, but before he could take it she had put it behind her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

As to catching her glance, you might just as well have tried to catch a wild sea-bird with your hands. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

It earned a hard living catching the flies that strayed over to the cactus from the pile of cans. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He always went alone, and was not always successful in catching any fish. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

H. Rider Haggard The blow fell upon a man’s arm, and, catching it against the thick wooden gunwale of the canoe, completely severed it from the body just above the wrist. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Allan Poe A brisk shower, with severe thunder and lightning, came on about dusk, but lasted so short a time that we only succeeded in catching about half a pint of water. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The horse, alarmed by this unusual adventure, reared, and Herries, in anger, snapped his whip, catching the child’s bare leg. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

M. P. Shiel The hairs of my head, catching terror from my fancies, erected themselves. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Edgar Wallace The car reached the crest of the hill as Tim came up to its rear, and, heedless of danger, stretched out his hand, and, catching hold of the hood, let the motor-bicycle slip from between his knees. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Anthony Trollope He began by catching at her hand and progressed by kissing it. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James With the stroke of the loss I was so proud of he uttered the cry of a creature hurled over an abyss, and the grasp with which I recovered him might have been that of catching him in his fall. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Oh, a miserable failure! The days and nights I’ve spent walking about looking for Richard Devine, and never catching a glimpse of him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

We know, indeed, that bad thoughts are universal, but that is not the same thing as catching them at being so. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith And where was the breakfast? Why, at Alvan’s, to be sure; where else could such a breakfast be? ‘And you know Alvan!’ cried Clotilde, catching excitement from the lady’s flush. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Arthur Machen Ah, as to catching you an hour later, that was, I confess, a refinement. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

And David stands, his head up, breathing the air, catching the light, feeling that the whole world is his, joy in his heart. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Morrison It’s Dan!” She was conscious of a catching of the breath and a thump of the heart; and Blind George knew it too, for he felt it through the arm. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Benjamin Disraeli His daughter, a soft and delicate girl, touches the light guitar: catching the notes of the music from the opened opera, which is placed before the father on a massy music-stand. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George MacDonald Often I avoided a bad kick by catching the foot and giving its owner a fall, upon which he never, on that occasion, renewed his attempt. Lilith by George MacDonald

She saw him, as her eyes closed, reaching up with his hand, catching the stars and joining, with the light that streamed from them, her divided heart. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope I was staying over at Glenshiels, and had not a moment to spare in catching the train. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Just now his hobby is catching flies. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

And, with my sharpened hearing catching every word with preternatural distinctness, I felt as if, the ring of Gyges on my finger, I had sat invisible at the council of my enemies. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

However, catching sight of a gunsmith’s shop on the way, he suddenly resolved to arm himself on the bare chance of an attack. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He was always catching now at coincidences and omens (having little else to go by) and, while little Summers was talking, had remembered fully what the ‘Green Parrot’ signified to him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry James The frightened child had become a tall, slim nymph on a cloud, and yet there had been no moment of anything so gross as catching her in the act of change. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope Poor Mrs. Arkwright knew nothing of hours or of any such arrangements now, but her husband greatly doubted their power of catching this mail despatch. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann On catching sight of Scacciati he stood stock still as if paralysed, and then, opening his eyes wide, he gasped for air as though he had some difficulty in breathing. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]