Definition of play catch-up
- The team fell behind in the second inning and has had to play catch-up ever since.
- The company has been trying to play a difficult game of catch-up ever since its competitor introduced the new product.
: game, sport
: the conduct, course, or action of a game
: to engage in sport or recreation : frolic
: to have sexual relations
: to move aimlessly about : trifle
: less common spelling of ketchup
: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes
: intended to catch up to a theoretical norm or a competitor's accomplishments
: the act or fact of catching up or trying to catch up (as with a norm or competitor)
: to pick up often abruptly
: ensnare, entangle
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