nountrademark, chiefly North American
1An adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor wounds.
- Even a few drops of cheap booze will help dissolve the Band-Aid's stickiness, allowing the bandage to slide right off.
- Mona grabbed some gauze and a large Band-Aid and her jacket, and followed Cat to the back door.
- I was wearing jeans now instead of baggy shorts, and they covered the Band-Aids that now were plastered all over my legs.
1.1 (also band-aid) A makeshift or temporary solution: [as modifier]: a band-aid solution to a much deeper problem
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- Most people, aside from social democrats, know that cancer needs surgical removal, because band-aid solutions only make life worse in the long run.
- Until then, the party will attempt band-aid solutions.
- There's no point in asking for what I want, because it might only be a band-aid solution, and I know it's not going to happen anyway.
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