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play catch-up ball

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play catch-up

verb phrase
  1. To play a game determinedly and desperately when one is losing: when college wishbone teams go to the air to play catch-up
  2. To work to recover from a disadvantage, defeat, etc: For the last two years it's been a matter of playing catch-up ball with the budget (1971+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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