play catch-up

idiom

: to try to reach the same position, score, etc., as a competitor after one has fallen behind
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.

Examples of play catch-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Biden campaign wants to capitalize on the fundraising advantage it’s enjoyed over Trump, amassing significant resources on the ground in key battleground states to force Republicans to play catch-up much later in the year. Colleen Long, Fortune, 8 May 2024 This is the latest in a string of updates in which Twitch has had to play catch-up with the platform’s more risqué content creators. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 27 Mar. 2024 By comparison, La Niña winters tend to have more snow in the first half of winter before El Niños play catch-up. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 After falling behind 3-0 in the first, the Coyotes (20-18-2) were forced to play catch-up against the Flames (19-1-5). Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for play catch-up 

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“Play catch-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20catch-up. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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