Catch-22


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Catch-22

also catch-22 (kăch′twĕn-tē-to͞o′, kĕch′-)
n.
1. A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions: "In the Catch-22 of a closed repertoire, only music that is already familiar is thought to deserve familiarity" (Joseph McLennan).
2. A contradictory or self-defeating course of action: "The Catch-22 of his administration was that every grandiose improvement scheme began with community dismemberment" (Village Voice).
3. A tricky or disadvantageous condition; a catch: "Of course, there is a Catch-22 with Form 4868—you are supposed to include a check if you owe any additional tax, otherwise you face some penalties" (New York).

[After Catch-22, a novel by Joseph Heller.]

Catch′-22′ adj.

catch-22

n
1. a situation in which a person is frustrated by a paradoxical rule or set of circumstances that preclude any attempt to escape from them
2. a situation in which any move that a person can make will lead to trouble
[C20: from the title of a novel (1961) by the US writer J. Heller (1923–99)]

Catch-22

(ˈkætʃˌtwɛn tiˈtu)

n., pl. Catch-22's, Catch-22s.
1. a frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or conditions.
2. any illogical or paradoxical problem or situation; dilemma.
3. a condition, regulation, etc., preventing the resolution of a problem or situation; catch.
[from a military regulation in a novel of the same name (1961) by U.S. novelist Joseph Heller]
Translations

catch-22

[ˌkætʃˌtwentɪˈtuː] N a catch-22 situationun callejón sin salida, un círculo vicioso

catch-22

[ˈkætʃˌtwɛntɪˈtuː] n it's a catch-22 situationnon c'è via d'uscita
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