One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Be in a sunny position.‘a glassed-in porch that caught the sun’
- ‘Stairs lead to a large living/dining area, outside which a terrace looks over the sea and catches the sun until late afternoon.’
- ‘In the afternoons, the garden often caught the sun, and on duller days the roses danced and bobbed in the breeze.’
- ‘I shamelessly adapted the idea for an inner-city roof garden that never caught the sun by painting the concrete floor slabs with black and white stone paint.’
- ‘From the outside, each has its own character - whether it be wide, sweeping steps up to the front door, an elegant, whitewashed garden chair placed to catch the sun, or palm-fronds waving in gravelled front plot.’
- ‘Facing south and catching the sun, the large rear garden is secluded by conifers.’
- ‘He chose this mountain due to its height (5700’ above sea level), the soft grainy consistency of the granite, and the fact that it catches the sun for the greatest part of the day.’
- ‘The Irish Sea has never been balmy, but the sheltered bay in Port Erin caught the sun and meant many happy summers spent frisking in the sand.’
- ‘There is a patio looking out over the beach that catches the sun, two TVs with cable channels, a well-stocked room bar and a walk-in closet with ironing board.’
- ‘The bedrooms are in the first wing, pointing east to catch the sun as it rises in the morning and the other wings catch the sun later in the day.’
- ‘The spa's plan was determined by orientation and the need to catch the sun.’
2British Become tanned or sunburned.
- ‘I think that's perhaps when I caught the sun - and on the walk back home when it was on our backs and necks.’
- ‘But on the bright side, I really caught the sun yesterday, so at least I don't look quite as horrible as I feel.’
- ‘My face has turned the colour of a boiled lobster - the polite phrase that grandmothers use is ‘My oh my, you have caught the sun, haven't you?’’
- ‘He strolled across the street, noting that Angela had certainly caught the sun.’
- ‘‘Oh you've really caught the sun,’ she said, all womanly and concerned.’
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