play catch-up

play catch-up

To try to reach the same level of understanding, accomplishment, etc. as others, typically after a late start. I'm sorry, I'm playing catch-up here—how do you know my wife? I just transferred into this class, so now I have to play catch-up with all the material the professor covered in the first few weeks. Thanks to our terrible start, we've been playing catch-up all season.
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play catch-up

try to equal a competitor in a sporting event.
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play ˈcatch-up

try to equal somebody that you are competing against in a sport, competition, business, etc: The oil company has spent the last couple of years playing catch-up.We were forced to play catch-up after a bad start to the season.
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When hitters adjust, Maddux adjusts to them, which means sometimes the catcher has to play catch-up.
If we have to play catch-up in this fast-paced industry, it's our children who will lose out.
All in all, hats off to Lotus, now the competition is going to have to find some very creative ways to play catch-up and fast