to catch someone at the wrong time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - catch someone at the wrong time

"to catch someone at the wrong 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 the wrong time

Two colleagues are talking ...

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

Colleague 2:  Sorry. Am I catching you at the wrong 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 the wrong 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 the wrong 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.

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to catch someone at the wrong time - Gerund Form:

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

to catch someone at the wrong time - Examples:

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

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

3)  You're less likely to catch them at the wrong 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 the wrong 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 the wrong 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 the wrong time -- I don't trivialize them -- but ...

7)  Older friends, however, know they've likely just caught you at the wrong 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 the wrong time, because the members played to an empty room — on a Saturday night.

9)  The Croatian move caught him at the wrong 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 the wrong time." He also said the hecklers got "a little bit" personal with their ...

11)  The oil price collapse has caught Santos at the wrong 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 the wrong time. “I'm moving house,” she explains.

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

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

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

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

17)  We're catching Oklahoma at the wrong 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 the wrong 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 the wrong 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 the wrong time, and I'm afraid to admit I forgot I had an interview scheduled.