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A temporary way of dealing with a problem or satisfying a need:‘transplants are only a stopgap until more sophisticated alternatives can work’
temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and readycaretaker, acting, stand-in, fill-injury-rigged, juryexpedientialtemporary solution, improvisation, expedient, makeshift, last resortsubstitute, stand-inView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even if the situation demands that you do something at the moment, let it be clear to everyone that it is a stopgap measure.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That's the thing about ‘interim’ constitutions: They're stopgaps and place-holders until the real thing can be thrashed out.’
- ‘Forest sinks are therefore only a stopgap measure - but they are a useful one, and an essential part of the policy mix.’
- ‘The monarchical institutions established in 1814 were thus no more than a temporary stopgap.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Their solution is probably a stopgap, just like the quick fixes the present government give to their monsoon-damaged roads.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As a stopgap measure, many companies store passwords for these systems in files like spreadsheets and simple databases.’
- ‘The changes are simply a stopgap measure to prop up a program drowning in red ink.’
- ‘Colchester Council has put in a pump as a stopgap solution, but says the real problem is a wrangle over a blocked drain.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Global moderation was my first stopgap, because the comments were being swamped with adverts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That effort was described as a stopgap until the broader branding effort was set.’
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