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Re: Catch-as-catch-can

Posted by R. Colwell on November 08, 2003

In Reply to: Catch-as-catch-can posted by Bruce Kahl on November 08, 2003

Thanks Bruce,
I feel so stupid especially since I haven't even been hearing it correctly. Kind of like a lot of songs where I think they're saying something else other than the right lyrics.
: : : I've been hearing this phrase for 20 years even on tv
: : : and haven't got a clue what it means. I think it means your screwed but how it means it I don't know.

: PRONUNCIATION: kchz-kch-kn
: ADJECTIVE: Using or making do with whatever means are available; irregular: made a catch-as-catch-can living doing odd jobs.
: ADVERB: However or by whatever means possible: "Reading was learned catch-as-catch-can, while reindeer farming was learned deeply and thoroughly through the daily rigors of survival" (Bunny McBride )
: The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.