A temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need: transplants are only a stopgap until more sophisticated alternatives can work
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- 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.
temporary solution, improvisation, expedient, makeshift, last resort; substitute, stand-intemporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and ready; caretaker, acting, stand-in, fill-in; Nauticaljury-rigged, jury