makeshift

noun
make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Definition of makeshift

: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute

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makeshift adjective

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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Examples of makeshift in a Sentence

when his belt broke, he was forced to use string as a makeshift
Recent Examples on the Web The dispatcher then instructed Cyrus to find things around the house to form a makeshift tourniquet. Sara Smart, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 What was gearing up to be the end of a typical weekend for them quickly turned into a rush to the hospital with a makeshift tourniquet made from a beach towel wrapped around Asher’s leg. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Sep. 2021 On March 3, the city of Salem cleared dozens of homeless people from a makeshift campsite located just a block away, at Marion Park. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 On March 3, the city of Salem cleared dozens of homeless people from a makeshift campsite located just a block away, at Marion Park. Andrew Selsky, ajc, 29 Mar. 2022 On March 3, the city of Salem cleared dozens of homeless people from a makeshift campsite located just a block away, at Marion Park. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2022 Those living around Humphries did not fully understand the sports celebrity in their midst when a powerful, tattooed woman pushed a makeshift sled up and down the street as COVID muted training options. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2022 The Confederate flags in the crowd, and the makeshift noose and gallows erected on the Capitol grounds, spoke to a more sinister reality. Farnoush Amiri, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Her comments could back up Smollett’s contention that his attackers draped a makeshift noose around his neck. Dan Babwin And Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of makeshift

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of makeshift was in 1766

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make short/quick/light work of

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11 May 2022

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“Makeshift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/makeshift. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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makeshift

adjective
make·​shift | \ ˈmāk-ˌshift How to pronounce makeshift (audio) \

Kids Definition of makeshift

: serving as a temporary substitute I used my jacket as a makeshift pillow.

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