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English definition of “catch up with sb”

catch up with sb

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

(CAUSE PROBLEMS)

C2 If something bad that you have done or that has been happening to you catches up with you, it begins to cause problems for you: His lies will catch up with him one day.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset

(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.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of catch up with sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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