Definition of catch up in English:

catch up

1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.
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  • He says the people of Poland must work hard because they have a struggle ahead to catch the other countries of the West.
  • You don't want them looking at the table and thinking: Chelsea are too far ahead for us to catch them.
  • However, once he got to third, Harvey and Templeman were just too far ahead for Westbrook to catch them.
1.1Do work or other tasks that one should have done earlier: he normally used the afternoons to catch up on paperwork
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  • Oh, and there's a backlog of domestic and business stuff to catch up on.
  • I like having the place to myself, though I have a bunch of housework to catch up on.
  • Public holidays are when I catch up on household chores and visit my ailing parents.
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