I'm watching TV Show about business owners. and one business owner said this.

Coronavirus has just catapulted everything forward about three years.

I get when someone catapulted forward, it means they jumped out of the car or something and going front. But in this case, I don't know whether it means everything(business) was supposed to happen right now, but it got delayed for 3 years or it was supposed to happen in 3 years but it happened 3 years earlier than expected.

  • More context would help. Is it referring to how jobs are moving online and home-based faster than would have happened without COVID?
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 5:28
  • I was asking that. Bc I didn't know. Whether it mean jobs are moving online and home-based faster or does every job or something getting slow and pushed away? But after I saw your comment I think it is about something happened faster.
    – eslnl
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 22:40
  • Still not enough context. It probably means something like, "Changes that were on the way, like working from home and increased online purchasing, are happening now rather than a few years down the road." But can't be sure
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 3:08

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To catapult something means to move it suddenly or at great speed.

Forward shows direction, it moved us forward into the future.

The article argues that COVID-19 has pushed us out of our comfort zones and brought about changes we aren't prepared for and to which we need to quickly adjust ourselves (in order "to stay employable").


A catapult is a device for throwing projectiles. So to be catapulted means to be thrown forward. It doesn't mean anything like jumping out of a car.

We could say

Coronavirus has just thrown everything forward about three years.

Or perhaps

Coronavirus has just hurled everything forward about three years.

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