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[stop-gap] /ˈstɒpˌgæp/
something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift:
Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
This is only a stopgap solution.
Origin of stopgap
1525-35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap
2. improvised, temporary, substitute, impromptu. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stopgap
  • But freezing is essentially a temporary measure, a stopgap until the danger either goes away or becomes more pressing.
  • Food aid was never meant to be more than a temporary stopgap before the implementation of slower, lasting solutions.
  • But it's doubtful that will amount to anything more than a stopgap anyway.
  • Repurposed agricultural insecticides might also act as a stopgap were resistance to pyrethroids to develop rapidly.
  • It now looks upon a short-term stopgap spending bill as a legislative mountain to climb.
  • Hunt apparently only meant his suggested name to be a stopgap until a better one could be found.
  • Coal sounds promising, but is a huge step backward, a stopgap at best in these days of obvious global warming.
  • Engineers came up with a stopgap solution: rockets with several stages.
  • But each antibiotic is merely a stopgap, its success a challenge to microbial resourcefulness.
  • One stopgap that top leaders have used has been to stoke national pride.
British Dictionary definitions for stopgap


  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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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