- 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
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Examples from the Web for catch phrase
For those wondering, this vanishing middle ground is where the book gets its catch-phrase title.Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines
September 17, 2013
“Mean Girls” is the catch-phrase du jour, with a new breed of “expert” looking to cash in.What Makes Mean Girls Tick
August 12, 2011
There was never a catch-phrase, “Have you seen the French President?”If I May
A. A. Milne
When the Swiss invented a catch-phrase they did not drop it in a hurry.William Tell Told Again
P. G. Wodehouse
Simpson had mentioned the situation so many times that it had become a catch-phrase with us.
The reader is never allowed to forget the catch-phrase of Micawber or the moral look of Pecksniff.Materials and Methods of Fiction
- a well-known frequently used phrase, esp one associated with a particular group, etc
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