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catch sb. (1 not pre-S.; 2 not pre-Eliz.)
1. that which is caught or is worth catching Shr. II. i. 325 “a quiet catch,” Troil. II. i. 110 “Hector shall have a great catch.”
2. short musical composition for three or more voices, which sing the same melody, the second singer beginning the first line as the first goes on to the second line, and so on Tp. III. ii. 129, 137, Tw.N. II. iii. 99, &c.
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    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.3
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