The verb trap comes from the French word attraper and refers to the act of apprehending, seizing or pillaging. For example: “The chief of police promised to catch the three fugitives”, “I jumped to catch the ball and when I fell I hurt my right foot”, “To catch a prey, this animal can remain hidden in the trees for several hours”.
The concept is often used to refer to the act of capture the one who is escaping. The thieves, in this framework, try to flee from the agents of the forces of safety whose obligation is to catch them. Catching escapees from a prison is also a duty of state authorities.
When a person discover to another who is committing some kind of fault, there is also talk of catching. Suppose a man is walking down the street when he sees his wife kissing another individual. “Catch you! You cannot deny that you are cheating on me, I saw you with my own eyes “, the victim of deception may blurt out.
Many are the films that have made use of this verb for their title. However, among the most significant are the following:
-Catch a murderer. It is a feature film that was released in 1992 and that comes to adapt a real case. We are referring to that of a man, a model neighbor and always ready to help others, who underneath that sweet appearance hid something darker. He was a murderer and rapist. Among the actors who made up the cast of this production were Brian Dennehy and Margot Kidder.
-Catch a thief. It is one of the most relevant films in the history of cinema and, specifically, the filmography of Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are the main actors in this 1955 film that tells how a retired white-collar thief becomes the prime suspect in a series of high-profile thefts. However, he is innocent and to prove it he will not hesitate to help solve them.
-Catch Me If You Can. Steven Spielberg is the one behind this 2002 feature film that is based on the life of a real character: Frank Abagnale Jr. It is about a young man who at only 19 years old had managed to amass a huge fortune after posing as lawyer, airplane pilot, doctor, businessman… Leonardo DiCaprio was in charge of bringing this protagonist to life, while Tom Hanks played the policeman who tries to arrest him.
The idea to catch, on the other hand, is used with respect to act of understanding or interpreting something complex: “I didn’t think it would take so long to catch the new topic that the chemistry teacher explained”, “I’m going to catch it, don’t worry: in the meantime I’ll keep reading the instructions”.
Pick something up in the air, before it falls to the ground, is another action which can be mentioned as catching: “If I throw you the keys from here … do you think you can catch them?”, “The player struggled and threw himself to catch the ball”.