Catchall



a bag, basket, or other receptacle for odds and ends.
something that covers a wide variety of items or situations:
The list is just a catchall of things I want to see or do on vacation.
covering a wide variety of items or situations:
The anthology is a catchall collection.
Contemporary Examples

Kocurek said he was told he had been terminated “for cause,” a catchall term that allows dismissal for just about any reason.
Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News December 8, 2014

An accusation of witchcraft is vague enough to serve as a kind of catchall for discontent.
Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for ‘Witchcraft’? Michael Schulson March 28, 2014

Historical Examples

Most of you in this Chamber didn’t know what was in this catchall bill and report.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

The IMF’s propensity to provide a “catchall” one-measure-fits-all panacea is nothing short of shortsighted and disastrous.
After the Rain Sam Vaknin

This department is a catchall for a lot of items, and it hides a lot of leaks and wastes in business.
Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter

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