stopgap

Meaning(s)

1. something intended for temporary use

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a stopgap solution/measure

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A stopgap is a temporary solution to a problem used only until a better solution becomes available or a way of addressing a need quickly for a short period of time. This is a phrase you will often hear in business contexts to take about short term solutions or actions.

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  1. The car I bought is old and pretty basic, but it's just a stopgap until I can afford something better.

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  1. When Fiona resigned from her position without warning, Harry was asked to fill in. It was just a stopgap solution until a suitable candidate could be found to replace her. 

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  1. The company is cutting costs across the board, but it's only a stopgap measure until the financially draining building work on their new, state-of-the-art facility has been completed.

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