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"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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