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catchall

[kach-awl] /ˈkætʃˌɔl/
noun
1.
a bag, basket, or other receptacle for odds and ends.
2.
something that covers a wide variety of items or situations:
The list is just a catchall of things I want to see or do on vacation.
adjective
3.
covering a wide variety of items or situations:
The anthology is a catchall collection.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase catch all
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  • Amazon is a catchall site for anyone shopping for anything from lawn furniture to kitchen appliances.
  • Clearly this last factor is a catchall for complicated social developments, and it also overlaps with some of the others.
  • Others wonder whether the term is simply a catchall psychological description for people who are habitual criminals.
  • Pop culture is a catchall culprit, blamed for everything from pediatric obesity to global warning.
  • The defendant argues that the identification cards and driver's licenses were seized pursuant to the catchall language.
  • She said terrorism and security has become the catchall justification for increased federal spending.
  • Family literacy has become a catchall phrase for a variety of activities including story hours and book distribution projects.

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