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to view or talk about (an event or situation) as worse than it actually is, or as if it were a catastrophe:
Stop catastrophizing and get on with your life! She tends to catastrophize her symptoms.


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  • Catawampus

    askew; awry. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. diagonally; obliquely: We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field. Historical Examples Whenever the barometer goes up two points catawampus must be remembered. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10 Various adj. also catawampous, cattywampus, catiwampus, etc. (see “Dictionary of American Slang” for more), American colloquial. First […]

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