catch·​phrase | \ ˈkach-ˌfrāz How to pronounce catchphrase (audio) , ˈkech-\

Definition of catchphrase

1 : a word or expression that is used repeatedly and conveniently to represent or characterize a person, group, idea, or point of view

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Examples of catchphrase in a Sentence

popular catchphrases like “politically correct” one of those advertising catchphrases that, if you think about them, don't mean much of anything

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More than just crafting the most hashtag-worthy catchphrase, the best of the Democratic field will win a battle of ideas with, believe it or not, ideas. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War," 10 June 2019 Yes, the novel’s title has become a kind of catchphrase, culturally synonymous with an impossible choice between two terrible outcomes — and also with Jewish genocide. Emma Copley Eisenberg,, "‘Sophie’s Choice’ is the perfect summer read | Review," 5 June 2019 La Cachada Theater—named after the catchphrase vendors yell to hawk their products—has taken off, performing before packed theaters here, in Spain, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Juan Forero, WSJ, "A Salvadoran Women’s Theater Troupe Tackles Violence…and Healing," 19 Dec. 2018 Formal-looking script belies cheeky catchphrases on the brand's accent pillows, and Hill House Home welcomes creative personalization on all of its products. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Is the Direct-to-Consumer Bedding You Should Buy," 5 Mar. 2019 As Caps fans everywhere rejoiced, there were some incredible reactions, including the play-by-play call from radio announcer John Walton – complete with his famous catchphrase. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Hear D.C. radio's spectacular call of Capitals' win over Penguins, plus other amazing reactions," 8 May 2018 Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70, tweeted Monday, quoting his famous Terminator catchphrase after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery Thursday. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'I'm back!': Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Twitter after emergency open-heart surgery," 2 Apr. 2018 The catchphrase, of course, comes from Lady Gaga, and is often repeated by her fans. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "This 11-Year-Old Flawlessly Lip-Synced Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone"," 28 Aug. 2018 Like any good beauty vlogger, Amelia has her catchphrases down. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Beauty Vlogger GiGi Beauty Doing Her Daughter's Makeup Will Melt Your Heart," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of catchphrase

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catchphrase was in 1834

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English Language Learners Definition of catchphrase

: a word or phrase that is easy to remember and is commonly used to represent or describe a person, group, idea, etc.

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