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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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 Some of the arguments amount to little more than catchphrases: Witch hunt! Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Read the 191 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation," 7 June 2018 Her debut single has comedy, camp and catchphrases galore. Jon Ali, Billboard, "Queer Necessities: Billboard Pride's June 2018 Playlist," 4 June 2018 But both catchphrases could use more context, Rayne says. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Your Best Consent Ever: How You Both Can Get the Sex You Want," 30 May 2018 Twitter was quickly awash in footage of shouting protesters, and a guy in a Rick and Morty shirt hopping on a counter, screaming catchphrases at fry cooks. Sean O'neal, GQ, "The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon," 30 May 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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