a phrase that attracts or is meant to attract attention.
a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of the original meaning remaining.
For those wondering, this vanishing middle ground is where the book gets its catch-phrase title.
Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines Robert Herritt September 16, 2013
“Mean Girls” is the catch-phrase du jour, with a new breed of “expert” looking to cash in.
What Makes Mean Girls Tick Jessica Bennett August 11, 2011
When the Swiss invented a catch-phrase they did not drop it in a hurry.
William Tell Told Again P. G. Wodehouse
There was never a catch-phrase, “Have you seen the French President?”
If I May A. A. Milne
Simpson had mentioned the situation so many times that it had become a catch-phrase with us.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914 Various
The reader is never allowed to forget the catch-phrase of Micawber or the moral look of Pecksniff.
Materials and Methods of Fiction Clayton Hamilton
a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt. Historical Examples You can tell Mr. catchpole his master wishes to see him here. Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a catchpole. Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford catchpole, the landlord of a […]
- Catch red-handed
Also, catch in the act. Apprehend someone in the course of wrongdoing, as in The boys were trying to steal a car and the police caught them red-handed, or He tried to cheat on the exam, but his teacher walked in and caught him in the act. The first term referred to blood on a […]
the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision. an act, fact, or instance of seeing. one’s range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight. a view; glimpse. mental perception or regard; judgment. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London. Informal. something unusual, […]
- Catch some rays
catch some rays verb phrase To sunbathe: The prince seized the opportunity to leave his chilly isle behind and catch some rays (1980s+) Sunbathe, as in I want a good tan so I think I’ll go catch some rays. [ ; second half of 1900s ]