or work-a·round



Computers. a strategy or technique used to overcome a defect or other problem in a program or system: This is a known bug in version 1.5, but a workaround is available.
any method used to overcome a technical problem, especially a problem that could prevent success: The astronauts needed a workaround to bypass the faulty cable.

Origin of workaround

First recorded in 1970–75; work + around Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a method of circumventing or overcoming a problem in a computer program or system
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Word Origin and History for workaround

by 1987, from work (v.) + around.

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