- something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
- 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
He has left millions of homeowners to fend for themselves, and even his health care plan is really only a stopgap measure.Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York
September 23, 2013
His “strategists” have concocted a series of stopgap tactics.How Mitt Romney Can Win the First Debate With Obama
September 25, 2012
As for Fattorosi of XPays, he sees the lawsuits as only a stopgap.Behind the Porn Piracy Crackdown
April 2, 2011
But even Joffe admits that a better radar and rapid reaction system is only a partial, stopgap solution.Cyber-Terror: The New Nukes?
September 27, 2010
She was going as a stopgap to speak at a large meeting to oblige Angelica.The Beth Book
The stopgap was such that it must remain as it was; and every further effort was useless.Toilers of the Sea
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
- a temporary substitute for something else
- (as modifier)a stopgap programme
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Word Origin and History for stopgap
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