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 (kăch′ôl′, kĕch′-)
1. A receptacle or storage area for odds and ends.
2. Something that encompasses a wide variety of items or situations: a word that serves as a catchall for a bewildering array of computer accessories.

catch′all′ adj.



a receptacle for odds and ends.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catchall - an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
enclosure - a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in
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The government arguably is departing from the original purpose of export control reforms, which was to stop using catchall designations for product categories.
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Such a catchall, rush approach to approving spending plans permits legislators to sidestep accountability for their votes.
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In 1969 Sheldon Steinbach arrived at the American Council on Education, the catchall coordinating body for universities, just in time to weather the worst of the campus revolts.
The ISC, which offers grants to assist sporting talent, has already asked disgraced runner Catchall Limbered to pay back funds he was awarded.
The moral panic about binge drinking is the other major challenge facing the alcohol sector, and low prices and sexy (in the catchall metaphorical sense) advertising are seen as twin demons.
There is no single test for AD/HD, as the disorder is a catchall for many varied symptoms.
The modern name 'emerald' is derived from the ancient smaragdus, a word that can be traced back at least as far as the late 4th or early 3rd century BC when it was used by the Greek writer Theophrastus as a catchall for green gemstones (Theophrastus' On Stones 23-27 in Caley and Richards, 1956, p.
Introduction to Security now runs 23 chapters that serve as a catchall of themes, concepts, descriptions, and definitions.
Though this isn't a catchall solution, the anticipated downtime can be greatly reduced at a minimum cost.