play catch-up

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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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Mike Taylor, deputy chief executive of Liverpool Vision, said: "Liverpool is more resilient, but we are still playing catch up and do not yet have the levels of dynamism evident elsewhere.
Oracle Database 10g ups the ante for database manageability and leaves competitors playing catch up," said Barry Cohen, CTO, Edison Group.
For a while UPS has been playing catch up, but now that you've made some progress, what new frontiers do you have to break through?