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stopgap (n.)

also stop-gap, 1680s, from stop (v.) + gap (n.); the notion probably being of something that plugs a leak, but it may be in part from gap (n.) in a specific military sense "opening or breach in defenses by which attack may be made" (1540s). Also as an adjective from 1680s.

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Definitions of stopgap

stopgap (n.)
something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency;
Synonyms: makeshift / make-do
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