catch·​phrase | \-ˌfrāz \

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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Eight months into the midterm campaign, and with a last-minute push to Election Day ahead, President Trump’s rallies show his subtly shifting use of topics and catchphrases within his otherwise highly predictable routine. Anthony Debarros, WSJ, "‘Hello, [INSERT CITY HERE]’: Trump’s Rally Script Settles Into a Groove," 31 Oct. 2018 Not when there was always the next big card on the horizon, the next witty catchphrase to market on a T-shirt or a future movie star in the making to keep fans hooked. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "WWE sticks with Saudi Arabia deal despite backlash from fans," 30 Oct. 2018 Barry and his younger brother Paul came from a family of entertainers in northern England — their father performed alongside a young Peter Sellers — and developed a double act that combined visual gags, catchphrases and the brothers' natural warmth. Fox News, "Comedian Barry Chuckle of comedy duo Chuckle Brothers dies at 73," 5 Aug. 2018 No choruses, no catchphrases, no memes — Tariq Trotter, a.k.a. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: The 1975 Talk About Its Generation, and 9 More New Songs," 1 June 2018 The show takes its name from host and Daily Beast critic Ira Madison III’s Twitter catchphrase about pop culture phenomena that need not enter our spheres of consciousness. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Best Podcasts of 2018 So Far," 5 June 2018 Joga bonito: The unofficial catchphrase of the Brazilian national team. Daniel Gendler, New York Times, "How to Talk About the World Cup and Sound Reasonably Smart," 14 June 2018 Don Brown's top catchphrase is often seen as the identity of Michigan's defense. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is championship caliber," 7 July 2018 Like the association rules, the Health Policy Consensus Group’s proposal bristles with free-market and anti-ACA catchphrases. Michael Hiltzik,, "As midterms approach, conservatives and GOP again attempt to destroy Obamacare," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of catchphrase

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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