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catch phrase

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noun
  1. a phrase that attracts or is meant to attract attention.
  2. a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of the original meaning remaining.
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Origin of catch phrase

First recorded in 1840–50; catch(word) + phrase
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Related Words for catch phrase

buzzword, catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan, tag, catchline

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British Dictionary definitions for catch phrase

catch phrase

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