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catch up (1)

Meaning: If you catch up with someone who is ahead of you, you go faster than them until you reach them.

For example:

  • catch up Salma got behind her classmates because she was sick for a month, but she did extra work after school and she soon caught up.

  • catch up with sb Mark was still about three metres behind, so he swam as fast as he could to catch up with the leader.

  • catch sb/sth up If they left half an hour before us, we can't possibly catch them up. They'll be too far ahead.

Quick Quiz:

If you want to catch up with a car that's ahead of you, you'll have to
  1. speed up
  2. pull up
  3. slow down

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