[ kach-awl ]
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  1. a bag, basket, or other receptacle for odds and ends.

  2. something that covers a wide variety of items or situations: The list is just a catchall of things I want to see or do on vacation.

  1. covering a wide variety of items or situations: The anthology is a catchall collection.

Origin of catchall

1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase catch all

Words Nearby catchall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use catchall in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for catch-all


    • something designed to cover a variety of situations or possibilities

    • (as modifier): a catch-all clause

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