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catch-up

[kach-uhp] /ˈkætʃˌʌp/
noun
1.
an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay:
After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production.
2.
an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest.
3.
an instance of catching up.
adjective
4.
intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor:
a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.
Idioms
5.
play catch-up, Informal. 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.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase catch up

catchup

[kach-uh p, kech-] /ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ-/
noun
1.
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Examples from the web for catchup
  • The developing countries can play catchup for quite a while.
  • It's certainly not a given, since they themselves are trying to play catchup already in the phone market.
  • The various rhythms of traditional news output don't always provide a space for catchup, because it's all about the new.
  • Some teams are playing catchup because they whiffed on free-agent targets earlier in the offseason.
British Dictionary definitions for catchup

catchup

/ˈkætʃəp; ˈkɛtʃ-/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup

ketchup

/ˈkɛtʃəp/
noun
1.
any of various piquant sauces containing vinegar: tomato ketchup
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kōetsiap brine of pickled fish, from kōe seafood + tsiap sauce
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Word Origin and History for catchup
n.

see ketchup.

catch-up

n.

"a working to overtake a leading rival," by 1971, probably a figurative use from U.S. football in reference to being behind in the score. From verbal phrase catch up, which was used from early 14c. in sense "raise aloft" and from 1855 in sense "overtake;" see catch (v.) + up (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for catchup

catch-up

Related Terms

play catch-up


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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