catch-up(redirected from Catch-up effect)
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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).
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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.
catch•up(ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ-)
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