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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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 Make time for self-care, which is crucial, not a catchphrase. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to Friday's Lunar Eclipse, Which Will Be the Longest in a Century and a Blood Moon," 26 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of catchphrase

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catchphrase was in 1842

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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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