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stopgap

[stop-gap] /ˈstɒpˌgæp/
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 of stopgap
1525-1535
1525-35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap
Synonyms
2. improvised, temporary, substitute, impromptu.
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stopgap

/ˈstɒpˌɡæp/
noun
1.
  1. a temporary substitute for something else
  2. (as modifier): a stopgap programme
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Word Origin and History for stopgap

1680s, from stop + gap.

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