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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catchphrase, catch phrasenoun

    a phrase that has become a catchword


  1. catchphrasenoun

    A group of words, often originating in popular culture, that is spontaneously popularized after widespread repeated use

    Etymology: From catch + phrase. Of the notion that the phrase will catch in the mind of the user.

  2. catchphraseadjective

    A signature phrase of a particular person or group.

    Etymology: From catch + phrase. Of the notion that the phrase will catch in the mind of the user.


  1. Catchphrase

    A catchphrase is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media, as well as word of mouth. Some become the de facto "trademark" or "signature" of the person or character with whom they originated, and can be instrumental in the typecasting of a particular actor. According to Richard Harris, a psychology professor at Kansas State University who studied why people like to cite films in social situations, using film quotes in everyday conversation is similar to telling a joke and a way to form solidarity with others. "People are doing it to feel good about themselves, to make others laugh, to make themselves laugh", he said. He found that all of the participants in his study had used film quotes in conversation at one point or another. "They overwhelmingly cited comedies, followed distantly by dramas and action adventure flicks." Horror films, musicals and children's films were hardly ever cited.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catchphrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catchphrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of catchphrase in a Sentence

  1. David Rose:

    When people get a catchphrase and you sense that it's catching on, you never want to hit it home and make the audience aware that you're aware that they're aware.

  2. Mike Rothschild:

    This is absolutely pro-QAnon, it's the same version of the enlistment oath that Q followers have been filming themselves taking for the last week. And the phrase at the end,' Where we go one, we go all,' is a key catchphrase in the Q mythology.

  3. Phillipe Cunningham:

    There is not a mayor in this country that is happy with the pace of change, including me, there's so much incentive to spout off a magic wand fix that doesn't exist. These are issues that are systemic and can't be solved with a hashtag or a catchphrase or even a single policy because the causes are so deeply rooted. ... It takes work and time.

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  • geflügeltes WortGerman
  • iskulauseFinnish
  • kīanga teremauMāori
  • популярное выражение, крылатая фраза, броская фразаRussian
  • slagordSwedish

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    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
    • A. temptation
    • B. accident
    • C. troop
    • D. fancy

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