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Catch twenty two (22)


Untenable situation. Made famous by Walter Heller’s 1957 book of the same title. (Compare to No-win situation, Behind the eight ball or Between a rock and hard place.)

“Looking for a job after graduating college is a catch 22. No one will hire me without experience. But If I can’t get hired, I never will have experience.”

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