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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.
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a receptacle for odds and ends.
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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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