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noun [countable] catch-22 situation pronunciation in British English /ˌkætʃ twentiˈtuː ˌsɪtʃueɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularcatch-22 situation
pluralcatch-22 situations
 
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From the title of a novel by the US writer Joseph Heller, first published in 1962. The novel is about a group of people in the US air force who find themselves in a number of funny situations caused by silly military rules.
 

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