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:
a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.
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.
“a working to overtake a leading rival,” by 1971, probably a figurative use from U.S. football in reference to being behind in the score. From verbal phrase catch up, which was used from early 14c. in sense “raise aloft” and from 1855 in sense “overtake;” see catch (v.) + up (adv.).
noun 1. (NZ) a regular meeting of small children arranged by their parents or a welfare agency to give them an opportunity of supervised creative play Also called (esp in Britain) playgroup
- Play checkers
verb phrase To move about from seat to seat in a movie theater, soliciting possible sex partners (1972+ Homosexuals)
- Play close to the chest
verb phrase To be secretive and uncommunicative; keep one’s counsel: So you had to play your cards very close to your chest/ Nominees have played their cards close to the vest [1950s+; fr the practice of a careful cardplayer]
noun 1. an appointment made by several parents to have their young children play together. noun an appointment made by parents for their children to play together Examples We thought that by 11 years old, we would no longer have to arrange play dates.