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
Recent Examples on the Web Fieri's use of the expression on his various shows on The Food Network has become his signature catchphrase. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Thousands sign petition to rename Columbus, Ohio to 'Flavortown' after native son Guy Fieri," 21 June 2020 But Greenfield is turning Ernst’s anti-establishment catchphrase against her rival. Trip Gabriel,, "Joni Ernst and Donald Trump could both be in trouble in Iowa," 20 June 2020 Next is Vice President Mike Pence with his catchphrases. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Catchphrases, guest stars, and a skeptical sidekick: Welcome to the White House coronavirus briefing," 27 Mar. 2020 Porter said, using his character’s signature catchphrase. John Koblin, New York Times, "Big night for ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Fleabag.’," 23 Sep. 2019 Players can even choose their village's name and anthem, as well as catchphrases for some of the residents. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, "What Is Animal Crossing? It's a Virtual Game That's Fun For Both Adults and Kids," 19 Apr. 2020 That’s where working with the young progressive wing of the party instead of acting like their policies are a bunch of malarkey (to borrow his catchphrase) would come in handy. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Need to Shift Their Campaign Strategies to Win," 4 Mar. 2020 Al Davis was famous for his catchphrase Just win, baby, though some Raiders of the ’70s and ’80s might have taken the owner’s words a bit too literally., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 McEnroe, the legendary American tennis star known for his aggressive on-court demeanor and his famous four-word catchphrase, has released an audio recording of tennis rules intended to help listeners drift off. Rob Picheta, CNN, "John McEnroe wants to read you the rules of tennis until you fall asleep," 28 June 2019

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Catchphrase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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