Definition of stopgap in English:



  • A temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need.

    ‘transplants are only a stopgap until more sophisticated alternatives can work’
    • ‘Their solution is probably a stopgap, just like the quick fixes the present government give to their monsoon-damaged roads.’
    • ‘We are one small piece of the stopgap of community services trying to avoid a major crisis in homelessness and of lack of affordable accommodation in Lismore.’
    • ‘Welfare would now be an emergency stopgap between jobs, not a reward that government gives you for being poor for as long as you stay poor.’
    • ‘While eating vegetables is the most nutritious way to go, drinking them is a handy stopgap - and far better for your body than grabbing a soda.’
    • ‘Forest sinks are therefore only a stopgap measure - but they are a useful one, and an essential part of the policy mix.’
    • ‘Face it - we've more or less destroyed this planet, and what we need now is a stopgap until the technology exists to move on to the next one.’
    • ‘As a stopgap measure, water distribution is being regulated with the flow being turned on at certain times while they look for other solutions to the problem.’
    • ‘As a stopgap measure, many companies store passwords for these systems in files like spreadsheets and simple databases.’
    • ‘Colchester Council has put in a pump as a stopgap solution, but says the real problem is a wrangle over a blocked drain.’
    • ‘That's the thing about ‘interim’ constitutions: They're stopgaps and place-holders until the real thing can be thrashed out.’
    • ‘The nursery was so oversubscribed there was no space when she needed it, forcing her to find a stopgap at short notice, where Ella had to stay for four months.’
    • ‘The monarchical institutions established in 1814 were thus no more than a temporary stopgap.’
    • ‘However, yesterday, the muddy white sheets were also on their way to the dump after being used as a stopgap measure to hold back the floods.’
    • ‘That effort was described as a stopgap until the broader branding effort was set.’
    • ‘Even if the situation demands that you do something at the moment, let it be clear to everyone that it is a stopgap measure.’
    • ‘Their idea for mandatory sales targets to manufacture greener cars is good, but only as a stopgap measure.’
    • ‘As a stopgap measure, I used a sanding disc and bevel knife to make the hole bearable to bowl with until I could get my ball fully repaired in the pro shop.’
    • ‘There's a reason for this: EPs and singles tend to serve as stopgaps in the rock world, small offerings to keep the masses entertained and hungry between albums.’
    • ‘The changes are simply a stopgap measure to prop up a program drowning in red ink.’
    • ‘Global moderation was my first stopgap, because the comments were being swamped with adverts.’
    temporary solution, improvisation, expedient, makeshift, last resort
    temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and ready
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