catch-as-catch-can

adjective

Definition of catch-as-catch-can

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

First Known Use of catch-as-catch-can

1833, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about catch-as-catch-can

Time Traveler for catch-as-catch-can

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same year

Statistics for catch-as-catch-can

Cite this Entry

“Catch-as-catch-can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catch-as-catch-can. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on catch-as-catch-can

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for catch-as-catch-can

Comments on catch-as-catch-can

What made you want to look up catch-as-catch-can? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!