Definition of catch a cold in English:

catch a cold

(also catch cold)


  • 1Become infected with a cold.

    • ‘He could enjoy the rain and was never worried about catching a cold when wet.’
    • ‘Then I can go home and rest, which is a good thing, as I think I've caught a cold or something.’
    • ‘Michael caught a cold so he stayed away for the mainstream events, so did Val.’
    • ‘I have no plans for Canada Day and I might not be doing absolutely anything, because I am feeling pretty ill right now, I think I caught a cold and my throat is swollen.’
    • ‘On her 36th birthday, a Friday, she appeared at a Muscular Dystrophy benefit at Dodger Stadium and caught a cold.’
    • ‘They may have caught a cold or have a stomach ache or a fever.’
    • ‘If your child touches his or her mouth or nose after touching skin or some other surface that's been contaminated by one of the rhinoviruses that causes colds, your child may catch a cold.’
    • ‘However, en route to Washington to offer his services in the War of 1812, he caught a cold that proved fatal.’
    • ‘Also, his lungs became infected every time he caught a cold.’
    • ‘Every time he catches a cold, Ms. Rao does too and he gets blamed.’
    1. 1.1 Encounter difficulties.
      ‘the investors who have put up around $30 million could catch a cold’
      • ‘‘When Wall Street sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.’’
      • ‘Even the Mail's City pages get in on the act, with a piece on ‘Why the markets catch a cold after a Labour victory’.’
      • ‘It remains true that when the US catches a cold the rest of the world sneezes.’
      • ‘Unless the government is prepared to act and act soon, one of Scotland's biggest industries could soon be catching a cold.’
      • ‘Elsewhere though, rival boutique chain Pilot Clothing has called in administrators after catching a cold this winter.’
      • ‘But Maso also believes that his side could catch a cold in Rome today.’
      • ‘That worked fine as long as prices held steady or even dropped but meant they could catch a cold if prices rose above expectations.’
      • ‘The US economy is teetering between recession and growth, and if it sneezes we all catch a cold.’
      • ‘Eyes will be focused even more sharply on Hornby should the economy get caught out in the rain, in which case the bank might catch a cold.’
      • ‘When it comes to the Internet, when the US sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold.’