an advantageous situation or condition:
His appointment as acting dean put him in the catbird seat.
An enviable position; a controlling position: The owners are in the catbird seat (1930s+)
sit in the catbird seat
A situation of advantage or superiority, as in His promotion put Charles in the catbird seat. This term is thought to allude to that noisy bird’s habitual high perch. It was popularized in the 1940s by sportscaster Red Barber.
to seize or capture, especially after pursuit: to catch a criminal; to catch a runaway horse. to trap or ensnare: to catch a fish. to intercept and seize; take and hold (something thrown, falling, etc.): to catch a ball; a barrel to catch rain. to come upon suddenly; surprise or detect, as in some action: […]
a single stalk or stem, especially of certain species of grain, chiefly wheat, rye, oats, and barley. a mass of such stalks, especially after drying and threshing, used as fodder. material, fibers, etc., made from such stalks, as used for making hats or baskets. the negligible value of one such stalk; trifle; least bit: not […]
- Catch a rail
catch a rail Related Terms take gas verb phrase To take a short respite from work; take a break [1929+; about the time it takes to smoke a cigarette]
Also, catch-can. taking advantage of any opportunity; using any method that can be applied: a catch-as-catch-can life, as an itinerant handyman. without specific plan or order: They lived catch-as-catch-can. a style of wrestling in which the contestants are permitted to trip, tackle, and use holds below the waist. Compare Greco-Roman (def 3). Historical Examples Anyhow, […]