Catch And Release

What does catch and release mean?

To flirt with someone then stop when the person wants commitment

Catch and release is a dating term that refers to when someone flirts with a person then stops once she likes him back. It comes from the "catch and release" term associated with hunting and fishing for animals then releasing them after catching them.

People who like catch and release are known for liking the "chase" but not the commitment. Catch and release comes with a heightened level of excitement from the thrill of the chase. Things like flirty texts, alluring glances, and romantic gestures are a lot of fun but actually committing to a ship is too much to ask for.


He won't even return her texts
Yeah, he's known for his love of the catch and release

Joey is well known for his catch and release attitude

Related Slang


Updated March 28, 2017

Catch and release definition by

This page explains what the slang term "Catch and release" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!