AskDefine | Define stopgap

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stopgap n : something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency [syn: makeshift]

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  1. temporary; short-term
    They put a stopgap solution in place, but need something more permanent.


  1. A temporary measure or short-term fix used until something better can be obtained.
    The small company uses their new product features as a stopgap until they can develop a new product.

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