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 Catas’trophe (4 syl.).Catch a Crab (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To lie upon the catch. To lie in wait “Quid me captas?   1
        “They sent certain of the Pharisees … . to catch Him in His words.”—Mark xii. Here the Greek word is alphagammarhoεnuomega, to take by hunting. They were to lie upon the catch till they found occasion against Him.
   You’ll catch it. You’ll get severely punished. Here “it” stands for the indefinite punishment, such as a whipping, a scolding, or other unpleasant consequence.   2

 Catas’trophe (4 syl.).Catch a Crab (To). 


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