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an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay:
After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production.
an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest.
an instance of catching up.
intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor:
a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.
to make a special effort to overcome a late start, a liability, or the advantage a competitor has:
After Russia launched the first space satellite, other countries had to play catch-up.
Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Of late, the government has been trying to play
If inflation rises temporarily during
, that is tolerated.
Today, we're playing a game of
by dedicating more money to paying off debt and paying up savings.
If their peers are racing ahead, they can play
Doctors found themselves playing
every step of the way.
But it is a race in which they are playing
The post-war period is rich in examples of blistering
gains are exhausted and the economy slows or gets stuck.
Poorer economies have more potential for
When a country or a company is playing
it can look at what others are doing and do it better.
Slang definitions & phrases for
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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It's easier to go up into the mountains to catch tigers than to ask others for help.
Do not push so fast ahead, do slow down a bit! Otherwise you won't catch up with yourselves.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson