Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

catch-22

catch-22
Meaning(s)
1) a situation with contradictory logic making it impossible to achieve a favourable outcome
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    • it was a catch-22 situation
  • Analysis
     If you are in a 'catch 22' situation, you are in a situation that seems impossible to negotiate due to a lack of logical solutions. One example is if you wish to open a bank account you may need a proof of address, but you can't be issued with proof of address unless you have a bank account. The situation itself is somewhat ridiculous. Similar in meaning to being 'between a rock and a hard place'. This is an informal phrase but you will often hear it used in professional situations.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. It was a catch-22 because I could only land that job if I was rich, but I could only become rich by getting that job.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company created a catch-22 when it didn't provide materials or time for people to complete the task but insisted if the task wasn't done, people could not go home
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