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stopgap

[ stop-gap ]
/ ˈstɒpˌgæp /
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noun

something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.

adjective

makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.

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Origin of stopgap

First recorded in 1525–35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap
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British Dictionary definitions for stopgap

stopgap
/ (ˈstɒpˌɡæp) /

noun

  1. a temporary substitute for something else
  2. (as modifier)a stopgap programme
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