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catch phrase

or catchphrase

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.
Origin of catch phrase
First recorded in 1840-50; catch(word) + phrase Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The problem of a human politics is not solved by a catch phrase.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • I know it is a catch phrase elsewhere that the colored troops fought nobly, but I testify to what I saw and heard.

    Life in the Confederate Army Arthur Peronneau Ford
  • I recognized the latter words as the catch phrase of a moral story in an ancient reader used in my boyhood school days.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • A third (and more intelligible) suggestion is that the line is simply a catch phrase, without any meaning.

    Charles Dickens and Music James T. Lightwood
  • "My country, right or wrong," becomes a catch phrase on the lips of school children.

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing
  • Economic equality is often summed up in the catch phrase "equal pay for equal work."

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for catch phrase

catch phrase

a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc
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