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.
Tim Gunn came back from being a catchphrase robot to a thoughtful mentor offering informed critiques of work in progress.
How ‘Project Runway’ Made it Work Andy Dehnart July 26, 2011
She has a t-shirt that says “Fetch,” the catchphrase from Mean Girls!
Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV Kevin Fallon March 9, 2014
However, I do object to bacon as catchphrase, as fad, as arena for testosterone-fueled competition.
‘Bacon Tastes Good, Get Over It’ Julie Powell May 14, 2009
The mother of five frantically jumps from one argument to the next as if playing a high stakes game of catchphrase.
Meet the Anti-Pot Activists Abby Haglage January 30, 2014
And when a man wants to talk like that “how-do-you-do” is as good a catchphrase as the next to keep his tongue discreet.
Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc
also catch-phrase, 1837, from catch (v.) + phrase (n.). The notion is of words that will “catch” in the mind (cf. catchword).
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt. Historical Examples The gallant traitor did not linger for the governor’s catchpoll to seize him. A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable Once come the catchpoll to mine house,—I wis not on what business, for, poor man! Joyce Morrell’s Harvest Emily Sarah Holt […]
ketchup. an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay: After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production. an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest. an instance of catching up. intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: […]
- Catchwater drain
noun a channel cut along the edge of high ground to catch surface water from it and divert it away from low-lying ground
a prickly plant, Schrankia nutallii, of the legume family, native to the midwestern U.S. having pinnate leaves and tiny pink flowers forming a spherical cluster. cat’s-claw. a spiny shrub or small tree, Pithecellobium unguis-cati, of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods. Historical Examples She gathered ironwood and catclaw while he watched […]