catchall catchall  /ˈkæ ˌtʃɔl/


  • (n) an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends


  1. He doesn't have some big, catchall solution.
  2. Gulch Designed as a Mob buster, RICO has become a powerful catchall.
  3. It started as a political buzz word to describe the followers of Gary Hart and ended up as a catchall label for the Doonesbury generation.


  1. Obama Administration Launches ‘Insider Threat’ Program [Report]

    As part of an “Insider Threat” strategy to combat information leaks, the federal government’s catchall crackdown on disclosures of classified info could encourage bureaucrats to spy on each other which could discourage legitimate whistleblowing about waste, fraud, or abuse having nothing to do with national security. A report from the McClatchy Washington bureau that suggests... Read more ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  2. How to Make: Spaghetti

    For most of the 20th century, Americans didn't know spaghetti from pasta. Spaghetti was used as a catchall term for wheat noodles of all shapes, and tomato sauce was the default adornment — so much so that it came to be known by the alias "spaghetti sauce." These were dark times. As Corby Kummer recounts in his masterful 1986 Atlantic magazine history of pasta in America,
    on June 25, 2013     Source: The Middletown Press


  1. "The idea of a second stimulus has become this sort of catchall phrase for adding a lot of additional government spending or doing things, you know, that Democratic leaders in Congress may have wanted to do previously but ...... now would want to...
    on May 19, 2008 By: Scott Stanzel Source: TVNZ

  2. Williamsburg's policy "has similar catchall language," Jackson wrote.
    on Aug 11, 2008 By: Andrew Jackson Source: WTOP

  3. "It gives the judges who know most about an individual case and individual defendant the capacity to impose reasonable and just sentences that are not limited to some structure that is established as a catchall," said Brooklyn federal Judge...
    on Dec 13, 2007 By: Nicholas Garaufis Source: Newsday

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