from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An approach or strategy intended to overcome a disadvantage or lead: The competition will be playing catch-up for the rest of the season.
  • n. An increase intended to bring an amount or rate up to a standard: "the statutory catch-up of Social Security benefits with the cost of living” ( Nation).

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  • n. Alternative spelling of catch up.


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  • For example, although those 50 and over are eligible to make so-called catch-up contributions to IRAs and 401ks, some 68% of those eligible aren't taking advantage of the provision.

    Go-Anywhere Funds Haven't Gone Very Far

  • Despite rapid catch-up from the Chinese, the U.K. is still the most important trading partner of the euro bloc euro 187.4 billion in total trade volume in the first half of 2011, against euro 186.9 billion with China and only euro 115.7 billion worth of goods bought and sold with the U.S. - Software Industry News

  • In 1984, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin founded the first Catholic megachurch, Holy Family Catholic Community, in suburban Chicago as “an evangelical church in the Roman Catholic tradition,” explicitly modeled on and competing with Willow Creek Community Church, three miles away, the first of the major U.S. evangelical megachurches.40 However, like Sears belatedly mimicking Walmart, they were playing catch-up.

    American Grace

  • Pharma has been the recent market rally's laggard, but rose during the session due to catch-up buying.

    India Shares End Higher, Banks Lead

  • This would in part be due to economic catch-up effects, as Wallonia picks up from a position of structural economic weakness following the decline of its traditional industries, according to ING economist Philippe Ledent .

    Belgium Beats Iraq for Longest Time Without Government

  • So now, the opposition that has been existing for a long time in the streets wants to have some relevance, they have to play “catch-up” with the people.

    Syrian Reform Activist Calls Assad Ouster Inevitable

  • My mind tried to play catch-up as he whisked me along, twirling and carrying me with the flow.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • We were playing catch-up as quickly as we could, and I felt like everyone could see us scrambling.

    Skipping a Beat

  • We listen to music, catch-up and take pictures to send the kids to truly express what a pleasure it was doing this for them.

    Rachel Roy: Charity = Clarity: 'Tis The Season

  • I had drifted a while ago from the flock of followers of this weird and lately quite preachy series about polygamy and family and faith, but did a marathon catch-up over the last week in time to watch the final chapter, which aimed for transcendence and at times achieved it.

    Roush Review: Big Love Finale


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