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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The monarchical institutions established in 1814 were thus no more than a temporary stopgap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The changes are simply a stopgap measure to prop up a program drowning in red ink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their solution is probably a stopgap, just like the quick fixes the present government give to their monsoon-damaged roads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forest sinks are therefore only a stopgap measure - but they are a useful one, and an essential part of the policy mix.’
    • ‘Global moderation was my first stopgap, because the comments were being swamped with adverts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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