Definition of catchall
: something that holds or includes odds and ends or a wide variety of things a catchall tray dyspepsia is a catchall term for stomach discomfort
Examples of catchall in a Sentence
They used the drawer as a catchall for kitchen items.
“The arts” is a catchall for a variety of activities from painting to music.
Recent Examples of catchall from the Web
Here in San Francisco Bay, the catchall name for the estuary, humans have changed the shoreline and ecology since the Spanish explorer Portola set eyes on it in 1769 and brash chancers swarmed to the Gold Rush in 1849.
Obama's $787 billion package was not an infrastructure bill, but a catchall response to a deep recession, with infrastructure as a significant part.
A crib is a catchall term for any bed with four sides.
LeEco, a catchall name for a variety of businesses controlled by the internet tycoon Jia Yueting, poses little threat by itself to China’s financial system.
Beyond not trying to be a catchall company, Netflix views its platform as ideal for binge watching on-demand material.
ICOs are possible thanks to blockchain, the catchall term for a digital ledger that promises incorruptible storage of financial transactions.
Federal criminal statutes are written to cover a lot of conduct, with plenty of catchall provisions and lengthy subsections.
So far, just a single piece of major legislation has advanced that required the votes of Democrats — a catchall $1.1 trillion spending bill opposed by more than 100 House Republicans.
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: something that holds or includes many different things
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