Catch someone up

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Dec 12 20:52:20 UTC 2006

On 12/12/06, neil <neil at> wrote:
> "And Jim? How is he?"
> "He's the best. He's wonderful, Alex." [...]
> "You'll catch me up on what he's doing."
> --Linda Fairstein, 'Death Dance', Little Brown, 2006, 275

Here's another interesting usage of "catch (someone) up", in an
article about position players in baseball being converted into relief

"You're building off arm strength, and teams are looking for arm
strength coming out of the pen," Fleming said. "It's easier. As a
starter you want three pitches. As a reliever, you want power and a
second pitch.
"You can catch a guy up faster in a bullpen role. A lot of times, a
guy is older, and you don't want to start him all over again to build
him up."

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