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makeshift

[meyk-shift] /ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; noun, adj. use of verb phrase make shift
Synonyms
1. make-do, contrivance, jury-rig. 2. emergency, temporary, improvised, jury, ersatz.
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British Dictionary definitions for makeshifty

makeshift

/ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft/
adjective
1.
serving as a temporary or expedient means, esp during an emergency
noun
2.
something serving in this capacity
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Word Origin and History for makeshifty

makeshift

also make-shift, 1560s, as a noun, "shifty person, rogue," from make (v.) + shift (v.). Adjectival sense of "substitute" is first recorded 1680s. Cf. make-sport "a laughing stock" (1610s).

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