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catch-22

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1 a danger or difficulty that is hidden or not easily recognized
  • the drug lowers cholesterol, but the catch-22 is that it mainly lowers good cholesterol

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2 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape
  • the catch-22 faced by every first-time loan applicant: how to get a loan without a credit history

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3 a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices
  • an environmental catch-22: building wind farms results in scenic eyesores; not building wind farms results in greater pollution from fossil fuels

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“Catch-22.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/catch-22. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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