A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"Hunting flies," he responded.
"Oh… Killed any?" she asked.
"Yep, three males, two females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked, "How can you tell?"
He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."
- a cut patterns etc. In. B (foll. By into) form a pattern etc. From (carved it into a bust).
- (absol.) Cut (meat etc.) Into slices. carve out 1 take from a larger whole.
- establish (a career etc.) Purposefully. Carve up 1 subdivide.
- drive aggressively into the path of (another vehicle). [old english]
n. - any of the hindu hereditary classes whose members have no social contact with other classes.
- exclusive social class or system of classes. lose caste descend in social order. [spanish and portuguese: related to *chaste]
—v. (past and past part. Caught) 1 capture in a trap, one's hands, etc.
- detect or surprise (esp. A guilty person).
- a intercept and hold (a moving thing) in the hands etc. B cricket dismiss (a batsman) by catching the ball before it reaches the ground.
- a contract (a disease) from an infected person. B acquire (a quality etc.) From another.
- a reach in time and board (a train, bus, etc.). B be in time to see etc. (a person or thing about to leave or finish).
- apprehend with the senses or mind (esp. A thing occurring quickly or briefly).
- (of an artist etc.) Reproduce faithfully.
- a (cause to) become fixed, entangled, or checked. B (often foll. By on) hit, deal a blow to (caught his elbow on the table).
- draw the attention of; captivate (caught his eye; caught her fancy). 10 begin to burn. 11 reach or overtake (a person etc. Ahead). 12 (foll. By at) try to grasp. —n. - a act of catching. B cricket etc. Chance or act of catching the ball.
- a amount of a thing caught, esp. Of fish. B thing or person caught or worth catching, esp. In marriage.
- a question, trick, etc., intended to deceive, incriminate, etc. B unexpected or hidden difficulty or disadvantage.
- device for fastening a door or window etc.
- mus. Round, esp. With words arranged to produce a humorous effect. catch fire see *fire. Catch hold of grasp, seize. Catch it slang be punished. Catch on colloq. - become popular.
- understand what is meant. Catch out 1 detect in a mistake etc.
- take unawares.
- = sense 3b of v. Catch up 1 a (often foll. By with) reach a person etc. Ahead (caught us up; caught up with us). B (often foll. By with, on) make up arrears.
- pick up hurriedly.
- (often in passive) a involve; entangle (caught up in crime). B fasten up (hair caught up in a ribbon). [latin capto try to catch]
- n. (often attrib.) Colloq. Unresolvable situation containing conflicting or mutually dependent conditions.
v. - supply food.
- (foll. By for) provide what is needed or desired (caters for all tastes).
- (foll. By to) pander to (esp. Low tastes). [anglo-french acatour buyer, from latin capto: related to *catch]
adj. (-ier, -iest) spiteful. cattily adv. Cattiness n.
v. (also calk) 1 stop up (the seams of a boat etc.).
- make (esp. A boat) watertight. [latin calco tread]
celèbre n. (pl. Causes celèbres pronunc. Same) lawsuit that attracts much interest. [french]
- —n. - a thing that produces an effect. B person or thing that occasions or produces something. C reason or motive.
- adequate reason (show cause).
- principle, belief, or purpose.
- a matter to be settled at law. B case offered at law (plead a cause). —v. (-sing) be the cause of, produce, make happen. [latin causa]
—v. (-ll-, us -l-) (usu. Foll. By at, about) make petty objections; carp. —n. Petty objection. [latin cavillor]
abbr. Compact disc read-only memory (for the retrieval of text or data on a vdu screen).
formal —v. (-sing) stop; bring or come to an end. —n. (in without cease) unending. [latin cesso]