Definition of catch up in US English:

catch up

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.

    draw level, draw level with
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    1. 1.1 Do work or other tasks that one should have done earlier.
      ‘he normally used the afternoons to catch up on paperwork’
      • ‘It's amazing how much I have to catch up on considering I've been absent for such a short time.’
      • ‘I like having the place to myself, though I have a bunch of housework to catch up on.’
      • ‘Oh, and there's a backlog of domestic and business stuff to catch up on.’
      • ‘The justices added he would not be tagged the days he was at college and that meant he would have plenty of time at home to catch up on his work.’
      • ‘Work is settling down though I still have quite a few things to catch up on after the trip.’
      • ‘Monday saw me back at work; I hit the ground running as there was quite a bit to catch up on.’
      • ‘I really have to catch up on my email, you know what it's like when you're out of the office for a few days.’
      • ‘I sat down after dinner to catch up on correspondence but found my eyes drooping almost immediately.’
      • ‘Public holidays are when I catch up on household chores and visit my ailing parents.’
      • ‘I am never on top of my work and forever trying to catch up on paper work.’