Definition of stopgap in English:

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stopgap

Pronunciation: /ˈstäpˌɡap/

noun

A temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need: transplants are only a stopgap until more sophisticated alternatives can work
More example sentences
  • That's the thing about ‘interim’ constitutions: They're stopgaps and place-holders until the real thing can be thrashed out.
  • However, yesterday, the muddy white sheets were also on their way to the dump after being used as a stopgap measure to hold back the floods.
  • The monarchical institutions established in 1814 were thus no more than a temporary stopgap.
Synonyms
temporary solution/fix, expedient, makeshift;
substitute, stand-in, pinch-hitter
temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, emergency;
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