from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Deadly cold.
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"YOU'RE going to catch your death-a-cold," exclaimed
You'll get your death-a-cold if you stand round soaked like that.
"YOU'RE going to catch your death-a-cold," exclaimed Heise.
Not merely was it the shiver which this pitiless blast brought to her frame (although her feet and hands, especially, had never seemed so death-a-cold as now), but there was a moral sensation, mingling itself with the physical chill, and causing her to shake more in spirit than in body.
Yes, I guess I did get caught in the rain, and it ain't your fault I didn't catch my death-a-cold; wouldn't even let me have a nickel for car fare. "
I must take care of this little girl immediately, or she will catch her death-a-cold! "