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stopgap

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stopgap

  1. a temporary replacement the coach we have now was only hired as a stopgap until someone with more experience is found Synonyms of stopgap expedient, makeshiftWords Related to stopgap quick fix; recourse, refuge, resort; alternate, backup, standby, stand-in, substitute, understudy

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


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