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Difference between Catch someone cold and Have someone cold

catch someone cold(Sport) surprise one’s opponents when they are not prepared for an attack:

  • Northern, seeking their eighth successive League win, were caught cold by Castleford.

have someone cold—(U.S. sl.) have a person in one’s power or at one’s mercy:

  • He’ll have to take whatever deal they offer him, they’ve got him cold for the murder of Sedley.