Definition of catch up with in English:

catch up with

phrasal verb

  • catch up with someoneBegin to have a damaging effect on someone.

    ‘the physical exertions began to catch up with Sue’
    • ‘They began sparring again, but Kristy soon found that her lack of proper amounts of sleep was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘All these days and nights without sleep were beginning to catch up with him.’
    • ‘My patient's unhealthy lifestyle began to catch up with him peripheral vascular disease, a stroke, and then angina.’
    • ‘Eventually his legion of injuries began to catch up with him.’
    • ‘She tried to keep her eyes open but the sleepless day was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘The cracks in their marriage begin to show when Tom's sinister past catches up with him and the pair set off an escalating spiral of suspicion, greed and betrayal.’
    • ‘As my body began to warm up and relax, exhaustion caught up with me and I drifted in and out of a feverish half-sleep.’
    • ‘As time passes and the booze catches up with her, she dozes off.’
    • ‘They were forced to move out of their home, in the upmarket Morningside area of Edinburgh, and into care when old age caught up with them.’
    • ‘Vinnie Roe is a wonderfully brave horse but old age is catching up with him.’