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makeshift Line breaks: make|shift
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪkʃɪft/

Definition of makeshift in English:


Acting as an interim and temporary measure: arranging a row of chairs to form a makeshift bed
More example sentences
  • Sometimes the hostels are full and homeless women are given makeshift beds, she said.
  • I sat on the end of his makeshift bed and we talked about his life, family, and fishing.
  • So makeshift solutions were invented, revived and refined to get back a certain air of balance.
temporary, make-do, provisional, stopgap, standby, rough and ready, substitute, emergency, improvised, ad hoc, impromptu, extemporary, extempore, thrown together, cobbled together;
Nautical  jury-rigged, jury
informal quick and dirty


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A temporary substitute or device.
Example sentences
  • We're looking at a matchup between makeshifts on Saturday.
  • Sportsmen's Hall, it turned out, was much less grand than its name implied: all makeshifts and mazes, narrow passages harbored by rude planks.
  • Such makeshifts were not uncommon among late-romantics.
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