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or work-around

[wurk-uh-round] /ˈwɜrk əˌraʊnd/
Computers. a strategy or technique used to overcome a defect or other problem in a program or system:
This is a known bug in version 1.5, but a workaround is available.
any method used to overcome a technical problem, especially a problem that could prevent success:
The astronauts needed a workaround to bypass the faulty cable.
Origin of workaround
1970-75; work + around Unabridged
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a method of circumventing or overcoming a problem in a computer program or system
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by 1987, from work (v.) + around.

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workaround in Technology

jargon, programming
A temporary kluge used to bypass, mask or otherwise avoid a bug or misfeature in some system. Customers often find themselves living with workarounds for long periods of time rather than getting a bug fix.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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