catch it (third-person singular simple present catches it, present participle catching it, simple past and past participle caught it)
- (idiomatic) To be severely reprimanded, punished, or beaten.
1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss:
"You'll catch it, you know," said Tom, nodding his head in an admonitory manner, and hesitating a little as he took the scissors.
- a. 1887, George Bernard Shaw, An Unsocial Socialist
- If they beat us, we shall catch it, and serve us right.
2003, Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy, page 39:
I'll catch it for your mischief in running away. And I'll catch it again when the tutor claps eyes on the handwriting.
- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see catch, it.
to be scolded or chastised