Phrases with "caught"

We all knew perfectly well the man we caught did it, but he was able to prove an alibi as to the time Dr. Gaunt said the poor soul was killed. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe The rigging, masts and what remained of the sails caught immediately, and the fire spread rapidly along the decks. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton I saw how admirably the sculptor had caught the poise of her head, the tender slope of the shoulder; then I crossed over and looked into her face — it was a frozen horror. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

H. Rider Haggard His face turned ashen and slowly he began to sink backwards, so that he would have fallen had not Nam, who saw that he had fainted with fear, caught him by the shoulders and held him upright. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He made a lot of trouble over his son’s death, and if Trevick had been caught he would have suffered imprisonment, if not death. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins As he softly pulled it open, I saw him start, and the rustling of the gown caught my ear again from the outside. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anna Katherine Green What could have happened? “Wheeling quickly about, I caught him just as he started to go. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope So she sat herself firmly in her seat, caught hold of the petticoat which she was mending with a stout grasp, and prepared herself for the battle. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

And as Badger caught his eye, the glass which he was about to raise to his lips became suddenly arrested and was slowly returned to the table untasted. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

I confessed that I had not caught her name when his wife had introduced us to each other. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edgar Rice Burroughs At the same instant Dian caught my arm and pointed toward the village. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Moreover, we caught amidships a fine lumpy sea, that threatened to roll the masts out of the stout old corvette. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Helen Zimmern She caught cold, and was taken ill with a very severe attack of erysipelas that laid her up for ten days in a small Scotch inn. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

F. Scott Fitzgerald He caught one of the swarm of jitneys that overran the camp each evening, and in half an hour was set down in front of the Stonewall Hotel on the hot and drowsy main street. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Margaret Oliphant She caught the look of the landlady at that moment, a look of half-pity, curiosity, and knowledge, which startled her back to her defences. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Gissing What’s her name, I say?” “Miss Enderby. You’ve seen her, have you?” “I caught a glimpse of her as she came downstairs; it was quite enough; she floored me. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H. G. Wells What was it headed? Ah! The Age of Combustion has Ended!” Now that is plainly a very big event for mankind, caught in mid-happening, November 10th, 1971. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

George Gissing Before they could set forth upon their journey, her husband caught the plague and died. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Ford Madox Ford You’d never believe what ‘e caught ‘is foot in! Never! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle I caught her wrist and pushed her down on to the sofa, where she lay, collapsed. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Gaston Leroux The night-lamp on the mantelpiece caught queer yellow reflections from the corners of the furniture, from the gilded frame of a picture on the wall and from the phials and glasses on the table. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

If we caught young deer we brought them up to be pets for our children. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Thomas Hardy They have been lucky to-night; they have caught fifteen or twenty men at places further on; so the loss of Bob was no hurt to their feelings. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The pain in his neck (he must have caught it from the lama) had gone with the heavy dengue-aches and the evil taste in the mouth. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George MacDonald I had not gone ten paces when I caught sight of a strange-looking object, and went nearer to know what it might be. Lilith by George MacDonald

He even seemed to hear the shot, the sudden report among the hemlocks; again he saw the haze of smoke, he caught a glimpse of a tall form falling through the bushes. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

But settle him there, and in a year or two he will have caught the pulse-beat. Memories and Studies by William James

William Hope Hodgson And lo! I knew then that I harked unto little echoings, that did be caught by the near rocks, and to come from some far and mighty sound. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Willa Cather Bartley caught up his bag and hurried through the Pullman coaches until he found the conductor. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Edith Wharton YOU’D better think twice of that!” “If I were only sure of knowing what you expect!” he caught up her joke, tossing it back at her across the fascinated silence of their listeners. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Thomas Hardy Fitzpiers caught it, and having lit up, regarded her from his new position, which, with the shifting of the candles, for the first time afforded him a full view of her face. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri She caught the amused glance of Rador; drew herself aside half-haughtily. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle On the other side of him, however, a second squire bore a brazen shield and a heavy spear, so that his master might never be caught unawares by his enemies. A Point of Contact by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith Robert caught her softly by the wrist. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Atholston relates that a ghoul was caught by some sturdy peasants in a churchyard at Sudbury and ducked in a horsepond. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Jane Austen He acquiesced in all her decisions, caught all her enthusiasm; and long before his visit concluded, they conversed with the familiarity of a long-established acquaintance. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Hauksbee caught her eye once; and she knew it was war — real war — between them. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Willa Cather The transport was sliding down toward the point, and to the left the eye caught the silver cobweb of bridges, seen confusingly against each other. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

If he caught the chap again, he’d bring him down on his knees and make him bow to the blouse. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The sea-gulls were still in evidence in front of the house, and he frowned again when he caught sight of them. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Edith Wharton Here the snow was so pure that the tiny tracks of wood-animals had left on it intricate lace-like patterns, and the bluish cones caught in its surface stood out like ornaments of bronze. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The man standing with the open door of the brougham in his hand caught his eye. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

In one of them he caught a brief glimpse of a young matron seated by the fire with her children clustered at her knee, and the transient picture struck him with a sudden pang. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

John Morley No prophet all false has ever yet caught the ear of a series of generations. Voltaire by John Morley

Sinclair Lewis As Theo looked they caught a box couch and ran over an old chest of drawers. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

When Vlasov found himself threatened with attack, he caught a stone in his hand, or a piece of wood or iron, and spreading out his legs stood waiting in silence for the enemy. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle When I caught that first glimpse of them they were still half a mile away. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope Barry had been on the point of again accusing the attorney of playing false to him, but he paused in time; he caught Daly’s eye, and did not dare to finish the sentence which he had begun. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Who would be such a fool as to hide atomic bombs? Nobody. Certain hanging if he’s caught — certain, and almost certain blowing up if he isn’t. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Henry Handel Richardson Two young men passed, swinging their skates; one turned to look at her, and she caught an admiring word. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence He overtook her, caught her by the arm, and they stood panting, facing one another with laughter. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

George Gissing But one day Cecily caught it up in delight, and read to her for half an hour; she affected indifference, but had in reality learnt something, and thereafter read for herself. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arnold Bennett Then his eye caught Hilda’s, and they both smiled, very content. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H. G. Wells It must be paraffine on his trousers that had caught fire on the stairs. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George MacDonald Little Bo Peep caught up her crook, And wiped the tears that did blind her. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Edgar Rice Burroughs As we descended the broad staircase which led to the main avenue of Phutra I caught my first sight of the dominant race of the inner world. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

James Payn No one in the ball-room, save the two gentlemen who had been conversing together, had overheard the exclamation, and his Lordship had not caught it distinctly. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

He’s a cool, hard-bitten man of the world, and nothing would frighten him in the ordinary way, and yet — yet when I caught him unawares just now he was very upset. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

I only just caught the beginning and the end. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anna Katherine Green I want him caught and punished. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jane Austen Colonel Fitzwilliam seemed really glad to see them; anything was a welcome relief to him at Rosings; and Mrs. Collins’s pretty friend had moreover caught his fancy very much. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Wilkie Collins Now that he had lost his steady moral balance, and had caught the infection of my enthusiasm, I loved him better than ever. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He clawed ferociously all these things in turn, lost them, found them again, lost them once more, and finally was himself caught in the firm clasp of a pair of stout arms. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

M. R. James Just caught away with a choking in his throat, Wickem says. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

H. Rider Haggard I stumbled against somebody, and glancing down, caught sight of Good’s eyeglass. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

It’s Tod this time, I thought, and naturally looked out; and I don’t mind telling that I caught hold of the bars of the stile for companionship, in my shock of terror. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

Ford Madox Ford An apple-bough caught in her hair. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

James Joyce But perhaps I am anticipating? He caught himself in the act: looked at all: refrained. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Ann Radcliffe Ellena caught unconsciously the arm of Vivaldi, and listened, aghast, for a return of the found, but all remained still. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Algernon Blackwood I caught the thrill of his confidence; but also, in this broad light of day, I felt the measure of alarm that lay behind. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins In less than a minute more Blanche’s quick ear caught the faint sound of a woman’s dress brushing over the lawn. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry Handel Richardson And now, to these two young creatures, it seemed as if the whole visible world — themselves, boat, river, trees and sky — caught fire, and blazed up in one gigantic blush. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle I caught one glimpse of his venomous, menacing eyes amid the white swirl of the waters. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins They had both caught my impulseespecially the pony. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

All that day she avoided him as much as possible, taking good care never to be caught alone with him. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

As soon as the inhabitants caught sight of us, they came down to the beach. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Dickens At that moment he caught a parting glimpse of the brown head-dress of Miss Brass flitting down the kitchen stairs. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Once, when they were at Carthage, Belisarius caught her in the act, but permitted himself to be deceived by his wife. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Algernon Blackwood My enemy, the water, caught me. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

A silence followed, during which I caught the sound of his steady tramping up and down the room. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

In England, we trust, and we believe, that any man, caught in such a situation, and in such an abuse of his power, (supposing the case, otherwise a possible one,) would be killed on the spot. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Edith Wharton There was a delicious pang in being thus caught back to life; and as the sled stopped, and he sprang to his feet, he still glowed with the sensation. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He’s looking for me, and he promised he’d knock my head off if he caught me hanging about. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

In ten minutes something white caught the electric rays. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell Lois was struck by the beauty of one wee toddling child, and turned to look after it; it caught its little foot in a stump of wood, and fell with a cry that brought the mother out in affright. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Arnold Bennett Who’s going to tell the police now? Are you? Are you going to give me up to ’em, and say, “Here, I’ve caught him for you”. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Jules Verne I caught a glimpse of the octagon minarets of this town, which was at one time the richest commercial magazine on the coast. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

William Hope Hodgson In the uncertain moonlight, I could just make out the mark of a great lump on his forehead, where the foot of the sail must have caught him when it knocked him over. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Henry Handel Richardson Madeleine caught her skate in a crack, fell on her knee, and said she had now loosened the strap altogether. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

William Hope Hodgson Then he caught at the edge of his bunk-board, and sat up, giddily. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

His head was thrown back a little, and because of the angle at which he was sitting, his spectacles caught the light and presented to Winston two blank discs instead of eyes. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Willa Cather She caught his handkerchief from her throat and thrust it at him without turning round. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Theodore Dreiser They caught me once, but they will not catch me again. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins A cold, caught at the inclement season, turned to fever. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Edith Wharton Her glance, in following Lilla, caught Fred Landers’s, and he smiled again, but with a slight constraint. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu As they there stand for a minute under the lamp, Mr. Longcluse, gazing at him sternly from the stair, caught his eye. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I had got as far as Dammartin I caught a first glimpse of our own outposts. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

The window was open, and his strained hearing thought it caught the sound of faint laughter. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

T. E. Lawrence It came, and hundred-pound bomb after hundred-pound bomb crashed into the packed sidings till they caught fire, and the Turks’ shooting stopped. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Margaret Oliphant The light, which trembled in the doctor’s hand, caught a gleam of understanding and life in Susan’s eyes, as her mother flew to raise her up, obeying the suggestion of that unhoped-for movement. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

As she was shaking out the flounces of the last, a jingling sound caught her ear, and she put her hand into the pocket. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins The alarm, running through the house like fire, caught the two gentlemen next. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The fellow had caught my fancy, and I was willing to see more of him. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Edith Wharton She caught the light on jewels and shirt-fronts and hard bored eyes emerging from dim billows of fur and velvet. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Therefore opening the door of my sitting-room quickly I caught by surprise the person who was in there watching the street half concealed by the window curtain. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry Handel Richardson But when he caught them up, they were so deep in talk that he hesitated to interrupt. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

A moment later I caught a glimpse of her with a cloak round her shoulders passing the door by which we had entered. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He had a mug of ale in his hand — for Naps had revealed a secret store — and when he caught Peter’s eye he raised it to him. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

T. E. Lawrence One lucky shell caught the front waggon of the train in the siding, and it took fire furiously. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He caught Earle by the seat of his trousers. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

The girl picked up her lute, caught Cleves’s worried eyes fixed on her, suddenly comprehending that his anxiety was on her account, and blushed brightly in the moonlight. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Guy de Maupassan She recognized her as the peasant who had caught her in her arms in the cemetery, and had afterwards put her to bed; but surely she had known her in former times, under other circumstances. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence She was worked up now, caught in her own spell, and unconscious of everything save of him, and the sting of that other woman, who presumed to own him. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Rudyard Kipling I caught a hissing expulsion of relief and saw its outline relax. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Elio Of his nose I can only say that it was snuffy; and as Mr. Dempster was never caught in the act of looking at anything in particular, it would have been difficult to swear to the colour of his eyes. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Meredith The girl was caught away to the thinnest of wisps in a dust-whirl. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Blunt caught her round the waist with one arm, and hiccuping with love and rum, approached to take the kiss he coveted. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

William Hope Hodgson I caught the rattle of canvas in the wind, and guessed that they were taking the royals off her. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

George MacDonald I fancied I caught sight of reddish lines, but when I would have examined them, they were gone. Lilith by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope There is a proverb which goes to show that a certain little lively animal may be shaved if he be caught napping; but then the difficulty of so catching him is extreme. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

I had the impression of many people moving in the bush, and now and then I caught a glimpse of them. Prester John by John Buchan

At the inquest I caught only a glimpse of him, when he was led out past where I awaited my turn before the jury. Serapion by Francis Stevens

I was equally unsuccessful with Bailey. I caught the little wretch in the League Club, and he wriggled and lied. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman I knew I looked dreadful, for I caught a glimpse of myself in the glass, and I would hardly have known who it was. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Theodore Dreiser He caught a glance in return which he could not possibly forget. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather She called his name on the threshold, but in her swift flight across the room she felt a change in him and caught herself up so deftly that he could not tell just when she did it. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

So, partially dressing himself, he had crept down the stairs and had been just upon the point of turning into the corridor leading to the chapel, when a faint hissing sound had caught his ear. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

E. F. Benson She caught sight of a small medicine-glass on his washing-stand, and took it up and smelled it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Gissing Thereupon Marcian caught up a staff that lay beside them, and began to belabour them both with savage blows. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

I caught sight of you just before you seized her, and it was fortunate for you that I recognised you. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Mary Webb Then, as the best way of putting a stop to superstition, he caught her to him and kissed her again. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

She went to the window to look out, and the first object her eyes caught sight of was the woman; leaning in the old place against the railings, in the growing twilight. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

John Galsworthy When exactly four minutes had elapsed her straining ears caught a sound on the stairs, and she moved awkwardly, so that her white shoulder came in contact with his chest. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim She rocked from side to side and would have fallen, but Harvey, springing across the room, caught her in his arms. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Willa Cather I never heard of such a thing! I’ve found his hair in the tub, and I’ve smelled a doggy smell, and now I’ve caught you at it. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Mrs. Gaskell She owned that, ever since she had been a girl, she had dreaded being caught by her last leg, just as she was getting into bed, by some one concealed under it. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

George Meredith Cornelia and Arabella caught her hands; she was the youngest, and had been their pet. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Rudyard Kipling A light engine slid through the station, and he caught a glimpse of young Barton in the cab. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

At least, I presume so, for, simultaneously, half a dozen persons caught me by the shoulders. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Tobias Smolle About the vernal equinox, however, I caught a violent cold, which was attended with a difficulty of breathing, and as the sun advances towards the tropic, I find myself still more subject to rheums. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

A hunter from Kew caught a distant view Of a peacefully meditative gnu, And he said: “I’ll pursue, and my hands imbrue In its blood at a closer interview. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

John Keats How she would start, and blush, thus to be caught Playing in all her innocence of thought. Poems by John Keats

Hyde, who had made it at random in his passion, never supposing it would be caught at, threw back his head disdainfully, and sent a contemptuous word after him. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Sir Richard Burton As soon as the ogres caught sight of us, they cried out at us, and running down to the seashore, fell a-pelting us with rocks, whereof some fell amongst us and others fell into the sea. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Then his eye fell on the wooden image of the Virgin. He caught it up in his arms, and heedless of a wail that issued from its worshipper like a child robbed of its toy, ran aft with it. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Algernon Blackwood I felt caught away somewhere, caught away, caught up as if into the rest of myself into the whole of myself. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

John Ruskin In so doing he caught sight of Gluck’s little yellow head jammed in the window, with its mouth and eyes very wide open indeed. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

Abraham Merri We were, I knew, just under the dome; but for the moment, caught in the flood of radiance, I could see nothing. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence At last he caught her hand, and she stood beside him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce He counted seven sobs without a break between them and caught the child to his breast in fright. Dubliners by James Joyce

She caught whispered, broken remarks: “Here they are, the leaders!” “We don’t know who the leaders are!” “Why, I didn’t say anything wrong. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton She was at the end of the house, in the brown-panelled sitting-room which she frequented at that season because it caught the sunlight first and kept it longest. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Two or three acquaintances caught her hand on leaving the church, whispering a few words of sympathy in her ear. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

T. E. Lawrence We caught our breaths till our lungs hurt us, watching him; but the Turks seemed not to see. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry David Thoreau Most men would feel shame if caught preparing with their own hands precisely such a dinner, whether of animal or vegetable food, as is every day prepared for them by others. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

He heard the door slam; he stumbled, caught at the back of a chair while his senses and sight were clearing. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Her line of thought suddenly flashed across Granville, and he caught it up dexterously. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

H. G. Wells What was it caught people? What was it caught backers? What got faithful adherents? What was it made them believe in you? So that you got started? Other people got supporters. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

He watched for the first sign of the beast, and thought he caught a glimpse of tawny fur. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

She caught what the poodle’s impatient caress had broken from the string. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Neither is it any sort of make-believe, or I wouldn’t be caught by it. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton He caught his companion’s hand and wrung it with a violent tenderness, and then darted forward into the darkness. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Presently he’d caught me and got me down, and then he knelt on my upper arms and began screwing my ears, which was his favourite torture and one I couldn’t stand. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Willa Cather He ran and caught up with her. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Andrew Lang And then the Mermaid caught up the King, and away they swam joyfully together. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Richard Burton Travellers caught sketching are not often treated with such forbearance. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

E. F. Benson The next moment he sat down, caught her eye, and looked away again, flushing a little. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Anthony Hope I caught Rudolf by the arm and cried to him: “Do they take you for the king?” “Yes,” he said. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Jack London Did you feel that?” (A puff had caught the schooner, and he was forced to put the wheel up rapidly to keep her out of the wind. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

I’ll fix him, and I won’t be caught doing it, either. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

The horse soon reached us; we caught the bridle and held him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy Leaving Darling for a moment, Melbury went forward and easily caught the younger animal, now disheartened at its freak. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Business is the new career, the new fun; and the streets have caught this spirit. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Abraham Merri For an instant she hung in air; she was caught by Gigi. She was drawn from sight. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton You say, what am I driving at? Well, I’m here to find out what you propose to do, now we’ve caught you. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Percy Bysshe Shelley But life fled; for Matilda, caught by a stranger’s arm, was prevented from the desperate act. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

They, for their part, were equally puzzled at the attitude they had caught him in. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Guy de Maupassant Suddenly he caught sight of the net full of gudgeons, lying forgotten in the grass. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells When I realized this, I hurriedly slipped off my clothes, and, wading in at a point lower down, I caught the poor mite and drew her safe to land. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry Kingsley But, at length, having hit it, he began to follow it with some difficulty, and soon beginning to descend rapidly, he caught sight of a light, and, at the same moment, heard the rushing of water. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Virginia Woolf But as he glanced at Ashley he caught his head against the panels and the poppies. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

And in the somnolent hush that filled the sitting-room when work was over for the day and the children in bed, he caught his eye wandering from his book to the telephone at the other end of the room. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

To be so caught did not contribute to soothe him: he started up red (for he was as sensitive to ridicule as any girl). Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He had opened the door of his room, when suddenly his ear caught the sound of slow and stealthy footsteps upon the stairs. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Henry Lawson Would I stand any show for some tucker?” “Him! He wouldn’t give a dog a crust, and like as not he’d get you run in for trespass if he caught you camping on the run. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Rudyard Kipling Kim flinched under the leather, and, rolling sideways, brought down the Chaplain, who, ever a man of action, caught him by the throat and nearly choked the life out of him. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Thomas Hardy The hare you caught is very tender; but mind that nobody catches you. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Willa Cather St. Peter caught up his hat and light overcoat and started down the stairs. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope But Harry caught a tone in his voice which he thought implied displeasure. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith They might have been espied at a point or two from across the parkpalings; their laughter would have caught an outside pedestrian’s hearing. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

D. H. Lawrence So he caught him by the arm on the other side from the policeman, and they crossed the road to the pavement. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

He caught his breath, looked at her closely, and seemed to read some awful intelligence in her eyes. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells Far, far above, minute cascades caught a faint glimmer from the depth of the sky, and plunged into an abyss of darkness. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Meredith He caught a distant glimpse of the little bit of bare selfishness, and shrank from it. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

D. H. Lawrence As she sat looking out at the tender sea, with its lovely, swift glimmer, the sob rose in her breast, till she caught her lip suddenly under her teeth, and the tears were forcing themselves from her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard While he kneaded a loaf of flour, and baked it in the ashes, his companion caught some fish, which we boiled, and made a soup of the broth mixed with bread. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

E. F. Benson I caught six sea-trout, too, and we’re just going to have some of them. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The young lady caught at least one word of which she did not know the meaning. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

He wants us to escape so that we can be caught and brought back, and so give them an excuse to bully us. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Dorothy caught them eyeing her face, sometimes, with the aloof, cruel scrutiny of children. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell