play catch-as-catch-can

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wongene
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play catch-as-catch-can

Post by wongene » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:17 am

"play catch-as-catch-can" means that you do something not according to rules and orders.
This idiom came from wrestling. In past, wrestlers had to do something. Otherwise, they got bad score.
So, there was a rule, called catch-as-catch-can, and this had changed to the similar meaning.
Let's see some examples.

ex1)He had to play catch-as-catch-can for a living.
ex2) We are living in catch-as-catch-can.

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