Simple Definition of stopgap
: someone or something that is intended to be used for a short time and then replaced by someone or something better : a temporary substitute
Full Definition of stopgap
: something that serves as a temporary expedient : makeshift <stopgap measures>
Examples of stopgap in a sentence
The new law is intended only as a stopgap.
<the coach we have now was only hired as a stopgap until someone with more experience is found>
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Rhymes with stopgap
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