catch-up

[kach-uhp]
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:
1835–45, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase catch up

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catchup

[kach-uhp, kech-]
noun
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catchup (ˈkætʃəp, ˈkɛtʃ-)
 
n
a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup

ketchup, catchup or catsup (ˈkɛtʃəp)
 
n
any of various piquant sauces containing vinegar: tomato ketchup
 
[C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kōetsiap brine of pickled fish, from kōe seafood + tsiap sauce]
 
catchup, catchup or catsup
 
n
 
[C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kōetsiap brine of pickled fish, from kōe seafood + tsiap sauce]
 
catsup, catchup or catsup
 
n
 
[C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kōetsiap brine of pickled fish, from kōe seafood + tsiap sauce]

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Example sentences
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.
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