stop-gap

stopgap

[stop-gap]
noun
1.
something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
adjective
2.
makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.

Origin:
1525–35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap


2. improvised, temporary, substitute, impromptu.
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stopgap (ˈstɒpˌɡæp)
 
n
a.  a temporary substitute for something else
 b.  (as modifier): a stopgap programme

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stopgap
1680s, from stop + gap.
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