E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lie at the Catch (To).
Thus Talkative says to Faithful, You lie at the catch, I perceive. To which Faithful replies, No, not I; I am only for setting things right. To lie at the catch, or lie on the catch, is to lie in wait or to lay a trap to catch one.