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catch up with sb

phrasal verb with catch uk   /kætʃ/  us   /kætʃ/ verb (caught, caught)
  • (PUNISH)

If people in authority catch up with you, they discover that you have been doing something wrong and often punish you for it: They had been selling stolen cars for years before the police caught up with them.
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