catch-as-catch-can

[ kach-uh z-kach-kan ]
/ ˈkætʃ əzˈkætʃˈkæn /

adjective

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.

adverb

without specific plan or order: They lived catch-as-catch-can.

noun

a style of wrestling in which the contestants are permitted to trip, tackle, and use holds below the waist.Compare Greco-Roman(def 3).

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Origin of catch-as-catch-can

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for catch-as-catch-can

catch-as-catch-can

noun

a style of wrestling in which trips, holds below the waist, etc, are allowed

adjective, adverb

mainly US and Canadian using any method or opportunity that comes to hand
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Cultural definitions for catch-as-catch-can

catch-as-catch-can

A phrase that describes a situation in which people must improvise or do what they can with limited means: “We don't have enough textbooks for all of the students, so it'll be catch-as-catch-can.”

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