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Meaning of “catch-22” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of catch-22 from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catch-22" in American English

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catch-22noun [C]

 us   /ˈkætʃ ˌtwen·t̬iˈtu, ˈketʃ/
a ​situation in which there are only two ​possibilities, and you cannot do either because each ​depends on having done the other first
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"catch-22" in Business English

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catch-22noun [U]

uk   us  
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 can't get ​funding without the ​people there in the first ​place.
(Definition of catch-22 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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