stopgap

See also: stop-gap

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From stop +‎ gap.

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stopgap (not comparable)

  1. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) Filling a gap or pause.
  2. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) Temporary; short-term.
    They put a stopgap solution in place, but need something more permanent.

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stopgap (plural stopgaps)

  1. That which fills a gap or hiatus.
  2. (figuratively) A temporary measure or short-term fix used until something better can be obtained; that which serves as an expedient in an emergency; a band-aid solution.
    The small company uses their old product with a few kludged enhancements as a stopgap until they can develop a new product.
    • 2019 October 23, Pip Dunn, “The next king of Scotland”, in Rail, page 50:
      It is often argued that the HST saved BR's InterCity market. It was only ever intended as a stopgap, but it proved to be a winner.

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