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

  • n. A receptacle or storage area for odds and ends.
  • n. Something that encompasses a wide variety of items or situations: a word that serves as a catchall for a bewildering array of computer accessories.

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  • n. Any place or repository where things are placed indiscriminately or without careful thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends


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  • On January 22nd, an executive order was issued which would for the first time establish a so-called catchall export control regime that would deal with any civil or military high tech products that could be diverted for end use.

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  • This is a shallow 'catchall' phrase, not unlike that used by John MacCain on the campaign trail who portrays the insurgency (or multiple insurgencies) in Iraq as that of Al Qaeda.

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  • It would have been even more except that I got my ISP to turn off the "catchall" email forwarding in the middle of it.

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  • Liberty argued that, as part of the agreement, it maintained a "catchall" right to veto certain major transactions.

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  • "The [federal] omnibus clause is a 'catchall' provision, which is broadly construed to include a wide variety of corrupt methods."

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  • If you own your own domain name and set yourself up an additional "catchall" account don't use your main account, please!

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  • During the 1933 impeachment trial of Judge Harold Louderback, counsel for the Judge filed a motion to make the original Article V, the omnibus or "catchall" article, more definite.

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  • Dr. Rosen suggested a polygraphic sleep study, a kind of catchall used to broadly monitor a child, until specific problems are pinpointed.

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  • She impulsively threw in the last, so to speak a catchall, because the penultimate charge was more than a bit doubtful, Chuck’s not having performed unnaturally in bed, and in fact the previous one had slim support, for she had never seen his gun if indeed he had one.

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  • Often described as a "catchall" clause for the agency, the provision states only that employers must provide a workplace "free from recognized hazards" that are likely to cause serious injury or death.



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