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make-do

[ meyk-doo ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌdu /
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noun, plural make-dos.

something that serves as a substitute, especially of an inferior or expedient nature: We had to get along with make-dos during the war.

adjective

used as a substitute; makeshift: make-do curtains.

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Origin of make-do

First recorded in 1890–95
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make do

Get along with the means available, especially insufficient means. For example, We'll just have to make do with one potato apiece. [c. 1900]

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