what is a catch 22

what does it mean when someone says something is a catch 22; does this refer to the book?

Whenever you wonder about a phrase's or a word's meaning, first you should try looking it up at www.onelook.com. I did this for "catch 22" and here are the results:

http://www.onelook.com/?w=catch+22&ls=a

Then click on any of the different dictionaries' results at the left.

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