catch sight

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Verb1.catch sight - see something for a brief time
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
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When we had finished our prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the direction of the city; and at that instant Polemarchus the son of Cephalus chanced to catch sight of us from a distance as we were starting on our way home, and told his servant to run and bid us wait for him.
I would catch sight of it from time to time with a distinct feeling of satisfaction till, one day, I perceived with horror that there were two old pens in there.
I said negligently that I had been detained by unexpected business in the neighbourhood, and thus happened to catch sight of him coming out.
While listening to Fyne I stared hard past his shoulder trying to catch sight of her again.
The silence which he preserved allowed the prologue to proceed without hindrance, and no perceptible disorder would have ensued, if ill-luck had not willed that the scholar Joannes should catch sight, from the heights of his pillar, of the mendicant and his grimaces.
Did he catch sight of himself, therefore much despised by his late political associates?
He looked over the waters to see whether he might catch sight of a boat with a little man in it.
The old gentleman having exhausted his powers of persuasion, alighted to lead him; whereupon the pony, perhaps because he held this to be a sufficient concession, perhaps because he happened to catch sight of the other brass-plate, or perhaps because he was in a spiteful humour, darted off with the old lady and stopped at the right house, leaving the old gentleman to come panting on behind.
ISLAMABAD -- Sizzling beauty Model Ayyan Ali took the media men by surprise when she came, surveyed parking place of Supreme Court (SC) with her slanting, searching and calculating eyes to catch sight of her lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa and disappeared in a blink of eye.
KEEP an eye on the skies above South Wales tomorrow and you may catch sight of one of the last flights of a Cold War bomber.
Great - but I might have to haud my wheesht if I catch sight of an artificial (especially if it's blue) Christmas tree.
In fact, one of the most surprising finds down in the sewers turns out to be a camera used by a natural history film maker hoping to catch sight of some fantastically horrible beast that lurks down there.