Common English expressions with CATCH, HOLD, KEEP
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Common English expressions with CATCH
- catch a cold / catch the flu = get sick
Don’t get too close to me – you don’t want to catch a cold.
- catch the last bus/train
We got to the station just in time to catch the last train.
- catch someone’s eye = attract someone’s attention
That gorgeous blue necklace caught my eye.
- catch a thief/criminal
Police have not yet been able to catch the bank robbers.
- catch fire = start to burn
The curtains above the stove caught fire.
- catch a fish
We spent all morning on the riverbank, and only caught three fish.
- catch a glimpse = get a quick look
You can catch a glimpse of the ocean between the trees.
I caught a fish!
Common English expressions with KEEP
- keep a secret = not tell anyone about the secret
I’ll tell you what I think, but only if you can keep a secret.
- keep away / keep your distance = stay far away from something
The tiger cubs are cute, but they’re still dangerous – you should keep your distance.
- keep in touch = stay in contact with someone (also “stay in touch”)
Have you kept in touch with any of your old teachers?
- keep track of / keep tabs on = monitor, stay informed about
I have so many projects I can’t even keep track of them all.
- keep in mind = remember
When making plans for the trip, keep in mind that we’ll have the kids with us.
- keep it up / keep up the good work = continue doing something
You’re making great progress. Keep it up!
Common English expressions with HOLD
- hold a meeting/event
The conference will be held in Atlanta.
- hold your tongue = decide NOT to say something
I had some criticisms of the manager’s ideas, but I held my tongue.
- hold your nose = pinch your nostrils together with your fingers, so that you can avoid smelling something bad
We held our noses as we walked past the garbage cans.
- be on hold = in a state of pause (especially on the telephone)
I called the bank and they put me on hold for ten minutes.
- hold someone responsible = consider that person responsible
Since you’re the team leader, the boss will hold you responsible.
- hold your ground = refuse to change your opinion/behavior (also “stand your ground”)
I tried to talk him out of leaving his job, but he held his ground.
- hold on tight = secure something firmly with your hands
I held on tight to my purse as I pushed through the crowded street.