catch a cold
   1. British
   to contract gonorrhoea
   Army use, punning on the meaning, to get yourself into trouble. Shakespeare may have had the same thing in mind when he wrote:
    A maid, and stuff d. There's goodly catching of cold. (Much Ado About Nothing)
   2. to have a trouser zip undone
   An oblique warning from one male to another, received by me on the quay at Destin, Florida, on a mild day in November 1987.
   3. to suffer a loss
   Normally as a speculator or gambler:
    The 1960s speculative bubble burst and while the rest of the world caught a cold, Japan got pneumonia. (Daily Telegraph, 5 December 1994)

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  • catch a cold — get a cold, come down with a cold, become infected with a cold …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • catch a cold — verb to become infected with cold …   Wiktionary

  • catch a cold — informal encounter difficulties. → cold …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Cannot catch a cold — in poor form, not quick (in sport) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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  • catch someone cold — catch (someone) cold American to surprise someone with an event, a question, or a piece of news they are not expecting. You caught me cold with this news I didn t know anything about it …   New idioms dictionary

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