catchup

[ kach-uh p, kech- ]
/ ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ- /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. catchment board,
  2. catchpenny,
  3. catchphrase,
  4. catchpole,
  5. catchpoll,
  6. catchwater drain,
  7. catchweed,
  8. catchweight,
  9. catchword,
  10. catchy

catch-up

[ kach-uhp ]
/ ˈkætʃˌʌp /

noun

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.

adjective

intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.

Origin of catch-up

1835–45, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase catch up

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British Dictionary definitions for catchup

catchup

/ (ˈkætʃəp, ˈkɛtʃ-) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup
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Word Origin and History for catchup
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