(1) to stop and hold a moving object, especially in your hands 接住，抓住，握住
113.Ronni: Now you see, most people, when their pets pass on, they want them sorta laid out like they're sleeping.
But occasionally, you get a person who wants them in a pose. Like, chasing their tail, or, uh, jumping to catch a
117.Ross: Anyway, suddenly I'm downfield, and I realize that I'm the one who's supposed to catch him, right? Only I
know there is no way I'm gonna get there in time, so I am running, and running, and that, that is when I woke up.
See I, I am so not ready to be a father.
(2) to make something become stuck 钩住，卡住，夹住
118.Joey: Oh no, I'm sure the Xerox machine caught a few.
(3) to see or hear something; to attend something 看(电影、电视等)；听(广播节目)；出席(戏剧、音乐会)
101.Monica: Oh wait, wait, unless you happened to catch the Reruns' production of Pinocchio, at the little theater in
115.Phoebe: You guys wanna try and catch a late movie or something?
(4) to see or notice something for a moment, but not clearly or completely 瞥见；突然看到
111.Ross: Yeah. I mean, I don't know if you noticed, but he had a lot to drink. I mean, you know how he gets when
he's drun…uh…[He has caught sight of Joey scowling at him.] I can't do this. I did it. It was me. I'm sorry. I kissed
(5) to hear or understand something 听清楚；理解，领会
101.Chandler: I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name. Paul, was it?
(6) to find or discover someone doing something, especially something wrong 撞见，偶然发觉
105.Rachel: Well, not myself, but I know other people that have. Ok, you caught me. I'm a laundry virgin.
111.Joey: Hey, hey, hey, you're lucky I caught them when I did, or else who knows what would've happened.
120.Joey: Man, we gotta do something about that guy. This morning, I caught him looking into our apartment. It
creeps me out! I feel like I can't do stuff!
(7) catch someone's interest, imagination, attention, etc.: if something catches your interest, etc., you notice
it and feel interested in it 引起(注意、兴趣等)；吸引住，迷住
102.He turns to go, but the sound of the sonogram catches his ear. He returns and stares at it.
(8) to be in time to do something, talk to someone, etc. 及时赶到；赶上，追上
116.Chandler: Oh, and I’ve got Earth Science, but I'll catch you in Gym.
124.Rachel runs into the airport, trying to catch Ross, moving people out of the way.
(9) to be in time for a bus, train, plane, etc. and get on it 搭上；赶上 (车、飞机等)
110.Rachel: Sorry. Paolo's catching an earlier flight.
(10) catch up (with somebody): to reach somebody who is ahead by going faster 赶上，追上(某人)
102.Ross: Okay, okay, yes, it is. [waves] How about I'll, uh, catch up with you in the Ice Age.
110.Ross: Thank you. Come on, Marcel. What do you say you and I do a little mingling? [Marcel runs off.] Alright, I'll,
uh…catch up with you later.
(11) catch on (to something): understand or realize, usually after some initial difficulty 懂得，明白；领会，
101.Paul: I know. I know. I'm such an idiot. I guess I should have caught on when she started going to the dentist
four and five times a week. I mean, how clean can teeth get?
121.Fake Monica: So once they caught on to the fact that we're, y'know, short and have breasts…
(12) catch one's breath: to stop breathing for a moment because of fear, shock, etc 屏住呼吸
117.Monica starts on the form, while Rachel catches her breath and massages her ankle.
(13) be caught between a rock and a hard place: in a situation where you have to choose between two
things, both of which are unpleasant 进退维谷；左右交逼；道义上处于难以做出抉择的境地(原为美国
113.Chandler: You know, I don't know why you're so embarrassed. They were very nice boobies.
Rachel: "Nice"? They were "nice". I mean, that's it? I mean, mittens are "nice".
Chandler: Okay, [gestures] rock, hard place, me.