to catch someone at a bad time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - catch someone at a bad time

"to catch someone at a bad time"

to try to speak or interact with someone at a time that is inconvenient for that person


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - catch someone at a bad time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What is it? What do you want?

Colleague 2:  Sorry. Am I catching you at a bad time? I just have a quick question.

Colleague 1:  Sorry to be so short. I have a million things on the go and a plane to catch in a couple of hours. How can I help?

Colleague 2:  It is not urgent. I will talk to you when you get back.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - catch someone at a bad time

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  I have been really struggling with this term paper. I think I need to ask the professor for an extension on the deadline.

Student 2:  Make sure that you do not catch the professor at a bad time. Your extension will surely be denied.

Student 1:  When is a good time?

Student 2:  Right after lunch on Thursday. The cafeteria serves the professor's favorite meal and she is happy after that.

to catch someone at a bad time - Usage:


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to catch someone at a bad time - Gerund Form:

Catching the teacher at a bad time, the students extension request was denied.

to catch someone at a bad time - Examples:

1)  ... very difficult time. When I got the phone call from the reporter, he caught me at a bad time.

2)  I'm so angry with myself because he probably caught me at a bad time in my life you know. 

3)  You're less likely to catch them at a bad time when you text, because there is not the assumption that you must respond the minute you receive ...

4)  Sometimes you'll catch someone at a bad time, and no matter how great your email is, he'll forget he ever got it by the time he gets out of a day ...

5)  It's aggravating to think that you might just catch your boss at a bad time, and that if you'd chosen a different time of day or week, you might have ...

6)  I'm not fearful that the Black Hats are any better than us; they may catch us unprepared, or at a bad moment in time -- I don't trivialize them -- but ...

7)  Older friends, however, know they've likely just caught you at a bad time. They also know that you are one heck of a good friend. 

8)  ... some extra money, then I must have caught this group at a bad time, because the members played to an empty room — on a Saturday night.

9)  The Croatian move caught him at a bad time - at the height of his campaign for the 24 April parliamentary election.

10)  CC copped to making a bad decision and added, "They caught me at a bad time." He also said the hecklers got "a little bit" personal with their ...

11)  The oil price collapse has caught Santos at a bad time with its debt expected to peak around $9 billion as the value of many of its productive ...

12)  And though her Second Life avatar, Caliandris Pendragon, is cool and calm, I've caught her at a bad time. “I'm moving house,” she explains.

13)  It's kind of been going on since middle school and you just caught me at a bad time.

14)  Maybe you caught him at a bad time though. Englund was all class when I met him in Atlanta. 

15)  According to witnesses, Robles caught the shark at a bad time. It had been fighting to escape a fisherman's hook for about half an hour when ...

16)  But he's catching Jesse at a bad time. Using his powers, Jesse threatens to kill him.

17)  We're catching Oklahoma at a bad time. “It's a showdown, no question about it. Quite honestly, Ohio State is awfully young but very talented."

18)  “Bob, am I catching you at a bad time?” If they say yes, great. “How does 3 PM on Tuesday work for you? No? How about 10 AM on Friday?"

19)  The Bruins are catching the Blues at a pretty bad time given the situation they're in. That said, a win for Boston would be huge here.

20)  I feel like people always ask if they are catching me at a bad time, and I'm afraid to admit I forgot I had an interview scheduled.