[kach-uh p, kech-]
- an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay: After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production.
- an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest.
- an instance of catching up.
- intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.
- play catch-up, Informal. to make a special effort to overcome a late start, a liability, or the advantage a competitor has: After Russia launched the first space satellite, other countries had to play catch-up.
Origin of catch-up
1835–45, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase catch up
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Examples from the Web for catchup
A conversation with Mary Higgins Clark seems like a catchup with an absent aunt, or a proverbial long lost friend.Mary Higgins Clark Interview About New Book, I'll Walk Alone
April 29, 2011
Catchup, sauces, and jellies are now frequently preserved in this way.General Science
Bertha M. Clark
Add a tablespoonful of butter and any catchup or sauce desired.The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking
We have ordered no more spice, &c. than is absolutely necessary to feed the catchup, and keep it from fermenting, &c.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
For sauce, send with them melted butter, and put some soy into it; or flavour it with catchup.
In using this catchup allow four table-spoonfuls to a common-sized sauce-boat of melted butter.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup
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Word Origin and History for catchup
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