English version

Catch-22

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishCatch-22Catch-22 /ˌkætʃ twentiˈtuː/ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 PROBLEMan impossible situation that you cannot solve because you need to do one thing in order to do a second thing, but you cannot do the first thing until you have done the second 🔊 It’s a Catch-22 situation – without experience you can’t get a job and without a job you can’t get experience.
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Catch-22This is a Catch-22 I don't think rugby will be able to spin out of in this country.
From Longman Business Dictionarycatch-22catch-22 /ˌkætʃ twenti ˈtuː/ noun [uncountable] a situation in which it seems impossible to make progress because you cannot do one thing until you have done another thing, but the second thing cannot happen until the first thing has happenedIt’s a catch-22 situation; without experience you can’t get a job and without a job you can’t get experience.
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