From King Dictionary of Contemporary English catch it catch it PUNISH informal to be punished by someone such as a parent or teacher because you have done something wrong You’ll catch it if Dad finds out. → catch Examples from the Corpus catch it • I guess that tells you where I caught it. • Or a cat will bring home a live mouse to teach her kittens how to catch it. • Almost everyone caught it and almost a third of the population either died from it or had their faces permanently scarred. • She had locked the screen, he knew, to keep the wind from catching it and tearing it off its hinges. • She threw the door open, catching it before it could strike the wall. • I caught it, held it in my fingers and put it out of the window. • It harasses other gulls until they drop their hard-won food and then swoops down to catch it - often in mid-air.