noun, often attributive \ˈstäp-ˌgap\

: 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

  1. The new law is intended only as a stopgap.
  2. <the coach we have now was only hired as a stopgap until someone with more experience is found>

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