: using any available means or method : hit-or-miss
a catch-as-catch-can system that relies on borrowed judgesPatricia Nealon

Examples of catch-as-catch-can in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their thorny flawed catch-as-catch-can humanity now stands in stark contrast to the majority of movies that have been spun off from comic books over the last 40 years. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 10 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of catch-as-catch-can was in 1833

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“Catch-as-catch-can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catch-as-catch-can. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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