Meaning of “catch up with sb” in the English Dictionary

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"catch up with sb" in British English

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catch up with sb

phrasal verb with catch uk /kætʃ/ us /kætʃ/ verb caught, caught


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.

(Definition of “catch up with sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)