catch-22 situation


catch-22 situation
 An unresolvable contradiction or logic trap.
 The phrase comes from Joseph Heller’s bestselling 1970s novel.
 ► “ It’s a Catch-22 for employers and employees alike: In theory, workfamily programs, including flexible schedules aim to LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD for people with family duties. . . . But in practice, many women . . . who need to use them resist for fear of being relegated to the MOMMY TRACK.” (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 13, 1995, p. B1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • catch-22 situation — UK [ˌkætʃ twentiˈtuː ˌsɪtʃueɪʃ(ə)n] US [ˌkætʃ twentiˈtu ˌsɪtʃueɪʃ(ə)n] noun [countable] [singular catch 22 situation plural catch 22 situations] Etymology From the title …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch-22 situation — UK [ˌkætʃ twentɪˈtuː ˌsɪtʃueɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌkætʃ twentɪˈtu ˌsɪtʃueɪʃ(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms catch 22 situation : singular catch 22 situation plural catch 22 situations a set of problems that is impossible to escape from because each… …   English dictionary

  • (a) catch-22 situation — (a) catch 22 | a catch 22 situation idiom (informal) a difficult situation from which there is no escape because you need to do one thing before doing a second, and you cannot do the second thing before doing the first • I can t get a job because …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch-22 — [ˌkætʆ twenti ˈtuː] noun [uncountable] US noun [U] ► a difficult situation in which the solution to a problem is impossible because it is also the cause of the problem: »But it is a catch 22 situation you can t get people without funding, but you …   Financial and business terms

  • Catch-22 — [ˌkætʃ twentiˈtu:] n [U] [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Catch 22 book (1961) by Joseph Heller in which such situations are described] an impossible situation that you cannot solve because you need to do one thing in order to do a second thing, but you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch-22 — from the title of a novel by Joseph Heller (1961), is used mainly in the phrase a catch 22 situation, which strictly does not mean any dilemma or difficulty but one ‘from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent… …   Modern English usage

  • catch-22 — n. (often attrib.) colloq. a dilemma or circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions. Etymology: title of a novel by J. Heller (1961) featuring a dilemma of this kind * * * ¦ ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷… …   Useful english dictionary

  • CATCH-22-Syndrom — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 Q93.5 Sonstige Deletionen eines Chromosomenteils …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • CATCH-22 Syndrom — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 Q93.5 Sonstige Deletionen eines Chromosomenteils …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Catch 22 — [[t]kæ̱tʃ twenti tu͟ː[/t]] N SING: oft N n If you describe a situation as a Catch 22, you mean it is an impossible situation because you cannot do one thing until you do another thing, but you cannot do the second thing until you do the first… …   English dictionary