catch-22


catch–22

noun

Definition of CATCH-22

1
a danger or difficulty that is hidden or not easily recognized <the drug lowers cholesterol, but the catch-22 is that it mainly lowers good cholesterol>
Related Words snare, trap, trip wire, web; hazard, peril, risk; bomb, bombshell, kicker, surprise (also surprize); bait, decoy, lure
2
a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape <the catch-22 faced by every first-time loan applicant: how to get a loan without a credit history>
3
a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices <an environmental catch-22: building wind farms results in scenic eyesores; not building wind farms results in greater pollution from fossil fuels>
Near Antonyms breeze, cinch, duck soup, snap

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