play catch-up

Definition of play catch-up

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

  1. :  intended to catch up to a theoretical norm or a competitor's accomplishments

  1. :  the act or fact of catching up or trying to catch up (as with a norm or competitor)

    :  an increase intended to achieve catch-up

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