catch-as-catch-can


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catch as catch can

Done by any means or in any possible way, often haphazardly. The restaurant was so busy during dinner that getting service was catch as catch can. When you're a surgical intern, sleep is simply catch as catch can in between cases.
See also: can, catch

catch-as-catch-can

With, by, or having whatever is available; as best as or in any way possible. Any new parent can tell you that sleep is catch-as-catch-can once your baby is born. There was a period in college when I was out of work and had to live catch-as-catch-can.

catch-as-catch-can

the best one can do with whatever is available. We went hitchhiking for a week and lived catch-as-catch-can. There were ten children in our family, and every meal was catch-as-catch-can.

catch as catch can

By whatever means or in any way possible, as in There was no formal language program; one simply learned Spanish catch as catch can. This term, in slightly varying versions but with the same meaning, dates from the late 1300s.
See also: can, catch