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catch a whiff

This page is about the collocation catch a whiff

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to smell something for a moment only

For example

  • I caught a whiff of her perfume as she walked by.

  • After catching a whiff of something strange, the cops asked us if we'd been smoking marijuana.

Quick Quiz

If you catch a whiff of something, you

a. smell something briefly

b. smell something closely

c. smell some briefs closely

Contributor: Matt Errey