something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.

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

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

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Word Origin & History

1680s, from stop + gap.
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Example sentences
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.
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