Meaning of “catch-22” in the English Dictionary

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(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.

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