- 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.
- 1. The arrangement was only intended as a stopgap.
- 2. Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
- 3. Even if the bill were approved, it would be no more than a stopgap measure.
- 4. Gone are the days when work was just a stopgap between leaving school and getting married.
- 5. I intend it as a stopgap.
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