catch-up

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catch-up

(kăch′ŭp′, kĕch′-)
n.
1. An approach or strategy intended to overcome a disadvantage or lead: The competition will be playing catch-up for the rest of the season.
2. An increase intended to bring an amount or rate up to a standard: "the statutory catch-up of Social Security benefits with the cost of living" (Nation).

catch′-up′ adj.

catch′-up`


adj.
intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: catch-up pay raises.
Idioms:
play catch-up, to attempt to overtake a competitor or opponent.
[1835–45, Amer.]

catch•up

(ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ-)

n.