Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Used to hold, include, or describe a broad range of things; used as a catchall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something used as a general receptacle for odds and ends, as a table, bureau, chest, etc.; especially, a basket or bag provided for the purpose.
  • n. A tool for recovering broken tools from a boring.

Etymologies

From catch + all. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "If the PJD forms a coalition in a free and independent way and not with a party of the Makhzen," he said referring to the catch-all phrase for the entrenched establishment around the king, "this will be a big step forward for Morocco."

    The Seattle Times

  • (Manga, media (small), graphic novels (catch-all), superheroes (very small) are the others.)

    Marvel Fails at Bookstore Market » Comics Worth Reading

  • In fact, a Mexican momento is a tricky catch-all, a strange little net with many holes.

    New meaning to mañana

  • Most of the growth came from the company's catch-all electronics and general merchandise category, which increased sales by 68%.

    Costly Sales Growth for Amazon

  • Like Mr. Wang, however, they have given no details of how they plans to tackle these problems, apart from making repeated calls for improved "social management"—a catch-all phrase that appears to include riot police, teargas and armored vehicles.

    Unease in 'Happy Guangdong'

  • It is true that the term "experimental fiction" is a catch-all term of convenience that doesn't necessarily signal anything very specific about what particular writers might be up to in their efforts to, if not "make it new," then "make it different."

    Experimental Fiction

  • Under such a catch-all restriction, virtually any kind of conversation about – or critique of – Islam can be considered impermissible if Muslims find it offensive.

    Stealth Jihad by Frank Gaffney, Jr. and The American Legion « Mark12ministries’s Weblog

  • Cloud computing is a catch-all term for the shift of programs and data storage away from user machines and onto the Internet.

    'Cloud' Stocks With Less Risk

  • Tensions again shot up this year after June's national elections, when one of the 36 parliamentary deputies from Turkey's main legal Kurdish nationalist party Peace and Democracy, or BDP was stripped of his seat for a last-minute conviction under Turkey's catch-all antiterror laws.

    Preparing for Peace in Turkey

  • "It has elements of romance, suspense, mystery, but it falls into the catch-all category of literary fiction, and of course that's the most difficult to sell."

    How I Became a Best-Selling Author

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