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stopgap

[stop-gap]
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noun
  1. something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
adjective
  1. makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.

Origin of stopgap

First recorded in 1525–35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap

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2. improvised, temporary, substitute, impromptu.
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Examples from the Web for stopgap

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Historical Examples

  • She was going as a stopgap to speak at a large meeting to oblige Angelica.

  • The stopgap was such that it must remain as it was; and every further effort was useless.

  • Because Brownlee knows why I'm looking for a cure to replace the stopgap.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage....

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • But he knew that they were only a stopgap, only a temporarily shoring of a constantly-eroding dam.

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

  • It's a stopgap effort, just to keep things moving until Project Sea-Dredge starts functioning.

    The Hunted Heroes

    Robert Silverberg


British Dictionary definitions for stopgap

stopgap

noun
    1. a temporary substitute for something else
    2. (as modifier)a stopgap programme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stopgap

1680s, from stop + gap.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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