(comparative more catch-as-catch-can, superlative most catch-as-catch-can)
- ad hoc, or in any way possible
(third-person singular simple present catches as catch can, present participle catching as catch can, simple past and past participle -). See Usage notes.
- (idiomatic) To use any available means or methods.
- The past and past participle forms are relatively rare. The various forms seem to reflect some uncertainty as to the intrinsic grammar of the expression. They are caught as caught can, caught as catch can, caught as catch could, and caught as caught could. The variety could be taken to confirm that the expression is truly idiomatic.