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CATCH, v. and n.

I. v. As in St.Eng., but note the following:

1. Pa.t., pa.p., catched, catch'd, catcht, caacght, Sc. forms of Eng. caught; see also Cooch, v.2, and Cotch. Jam.6 gives the forms cacht, caght, caht. [kɑtʃt Sc.; kɑxt Sh.; kɑxʍt Rxb. (old)] Sc. 1717  J. Clerk Memoirs (S.H.S. 1892) 96:
Here I catched a severe cold.
Sh. 1916  J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Iktober 23):
Happiness is no ta be caacght, nae metter hoo ye kooks her.
Arg. 1931 1 :
He made a breenge for't an catcht it.
Ayr. 1791  Burns Tam o' Shanter (Cent. ed.) ll. 29–32:
She prophesied, that, late or soon, Thou would be found deep drown'd in Doon, Or catch'd wi' warlocks in the mirk By Alloway's auld, haunted kirk.
Dmf. 1748  Records Conv. Burghs (1915) 274:
Wherein such smugled goods are catcht and found.
Uls. 1910  C. C. Russell People and Lang. of Uls. 32:
The word “catched” still remains in common use in Ulster.

2. Combs.: (1) catch-brod, a small bat used in the game of cat-an'-dog-hole, see Cat, n.2, 2 (3); †(2) catch honours, a card game, the same as (7) (Ayr. 1825 Jam.2); †(3) catch-match, a marriage of great advantage to one party; (4) catch-rogue, “cleavers or goose-grass, an herb, Galium aparine, Linn.” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; 1886 B. and H. 92); †(5) catch-the-plack, money-grubbing; see Plack; (6) catch-the-salmon(d), a boys' game, played with a piece of rope (Abd. 1938 A. Keith in Abd. Press and Jnl. (26 Mar.) 6; Abd.22 1938), see quot.; (7) catch-the-ten, — lang-tens, a card-game in which the main object is to take a trick containing the ten of trumps (the lang-ten), which counts ten points. Gen.Sc. Jam.2 gives the form catch-the-lang-tens for Ayr. See also up by cairts s.v. Cairt, n.2, 1. (2) Ayr. 1821  Galt Ayrshire Legatees iv.:
Not only Whist and Catch Honours were to be played, but even obstreperous Birky itself for the diversion of such of the company as were not used to gambling games.
(3) Sc. 1824  Scott St Ronan's W. vi.:
She made out her catch-match and she was miserable.
(5) Ags. 1851  T. Watson Rhymer's Family 97:
'Twas in the toun o' Catchtheplack, So famed for beggin' kirks and schules.
Ayr. 1785  Burns First Ep. J. Lapraik (1786) xx.:
Awa ye selfish, warly race, Wha think that havins, sense an' grace, Ev'n love an' friendship should give place To catch-the-plack!
(6) Abd. 1898  A. B. Gomme Trad. Games II. Add. 410:
Catch the salmond. Two boys take each the end of a piece of rope, and give chase to a third till they contrive to get the rope round him. They then pull him hither and thither in all directions.
(7) ne.Sc. 1883–1886  D. Grant Chron. of Keckleton (1888) 46:
Bein' nae far aff yule-time, Matthew might hae sat down till a han' at catch-the-ten, which the lads at Greenslack often played for a penny the game in the winter forenichts, aifter the bestial wis settled up.
Ags. 1846  P. Livingston Poems and Songs (1855) 83:
Look ye up yonder! there's three chields, At “catch the ten” they're playing.

II. n.

1. A hold, grasp (Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.2, Fif.10, Lnk.3, Kcb.9 1938). Sc. 1887  Jam.6, Add.:
I canna get a cacht o't.
Ayr. 1868  J. K. Hunter Artist's Life xi.:
I had a catch of one of the props.

2. An acute pain, a “stitch” (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.2, Fif.10, Lnk.3, Kcb.10 1938). em.Sc. 1895  (a) “I. Maclaren” Days of Auld Langsyne 305:
A' started ae day, an' the catch in ma side . . . a' hed tae come back.

3. A knack (Abd.22, Fif.10 1938). Knr. 1886  “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun 76:
Weel dune, my bairn, ye hae the catch o't.

[O.Sc. has cach(e), catch(e), to catch, with pa.t. and pa.p. catchit, caucht, cauch (D.O.S.T.).]

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