make shifty

makeshift

[meyk-shift]
noun
1.
a temporary expedient or substitute: We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted.
adjective
2.
Also, makeshifty. serving as, or of the nature of, a makeshift.

Origin:
1555–65; noun, adj. use of verb phrase make shift


1. make-do, contrivance, jury-rig. 2. emergency, temporary, improvised, jury, ersatz.
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makeshift (ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft)
 
adj
1.  serving as a temporary or expedient means, esp during an emergency
 
n
2.  something serving in this capacity

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makeshift
1565, "shifty person, rogue," from make (v.) + shift. Sense of "substitute" (adj.) is first recorded 1683.
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