play catch-up

idiom

Definition of play catch-up

: 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.

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“Play catch-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20catch-up. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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