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catch phrase

or catchphrase

noun
1.
a phrase that attracts or is meant to attract attention.
2.
a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of the original meaning remaining.
Origin of catch phrase
1840-1850
1840-50; catch(word) + phrase
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  • Economic equality is often summed up in the catch phrase "equal pay for equal work."

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The problem of a human politics is not solved by a catch phrase.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • Then people will learn to banish to the lumber room of the past the catch phrase about "the unpractical German."

  • I know it is a catch phrase elsewhere that the colored troops fought nobly, but I testify to what I saw and heard.

    Life in the Confederate Army Arthur Peronneau Ford
  • A third (and more intelligible) suggestion is that the line is simply a catch phrase, without any meaning.

    Charles Dickens and Music James T. Lightwood
  • I recognized the latter words as the catch phrase of a moral story in an ancient reader used in my boyhood school days.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for catch phrase

catch phrase

noun
1.
a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc
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