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Origin of catchall
Example sentences from the Web for catchall
He was accused of “formalism,” a catch-all accusation that, like “Trotskyite,” had the ring of execution about it.
In the blink of an eye, the hipster has turned into a catch-all scapegoat, guilty for everything from expensive beer to bad music.
“Dyslexia” has become a catch-all term for everything from poor reading skills to complex speech disorders.
When it was first announced, I thought it was a catch-all visit designed to accomplish several objectives at once.
Or is "culture" just a catch-all for "everything we can't readily understand and explain"?
Just now the fireplace had fallen from its high estate and had become a catch-all for the wrecks of much unpacking.The Galaxy|Various
The logical conclusion would be to turn it into a kind of pantheism—a catch-all for all truth, goodness, and beauty.Nine O'Clock Talks|Frederic B. Kellogg
One large table, covered with a pretty embroidered cloth, should be placed in some central location for a catch-all.The Ladies Book of Useful Information|Anonymous
But it was a desert outpost then, a catch-all for the human drift which every whirlwind of discovery sweeps along.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
The window-sill was a wide one, and Johnny, I found, used it as a catch-all.On the Stairs|Henry B. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for catchall
- something designed to cover a variety of situations or possibilities
- (as modifier)a catch-all clause