stopgap

noun, often attributive stop·gap \ ˈstäp-ˌgap \

Definition of stopgap

:something that serves as a temporary expedient :makeshift
  • stopgap measures

Examples of stopgap in a Sentence

  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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First Known Use of stopgap

1684

Synonym Discussion of stopgap

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

STOPGAP Defined for English Language Learners

stopgap

noun

Definition of stopgap for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that is intended to be used for a short time and then replaced by someone or something better : a temporary substitute



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