catch phrase

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.
Also, catchphrase.


Origin:
1840–50; catch(word) + phrase

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catch phrase
 
n
a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc

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catchphrase
c.1850, from catch (v.) + phrase. The notion is of words that will "catch" in the mind.
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Example sentences
One way to measure the vitality of the coming season is that nobody has
  bothered to come up with a handy catchphrase.
But they need to hear a little less of the catchphrase.
It's the latest catchphrase on college campuses: the civil-military gap.
But for selling ideas--making them definitive and catchy--a number and a
  catchphrase do wonders.
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