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stop·gap

 (stŏp′găp′)
n.
An improvised substitute for something lacking; a temporary expedient.
adj.
Serving as a stopgap: a stopgap budget bill to keep the government running.

stopgap

(ˈstɒpˌɡæp)
n
a. a temporary substitute for something else
b. (as modifier): a stopgap programme.

stop•gap

(ˈstɒpˌgæp)

n.
1. something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift.
adj.
2. serving as a stopgap: a stopgap solution.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stopgap - something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergencystopgap - something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
expedient - a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

stopgap

noun
1. makeshift, improvisation, temporary expedient, shift, resort, substitute It is not an acceptable long term solution, just a stopgap.
adjective
1. makeshift, emergency, temporary, provisional, improvised, impromptu, rough-and-ready It was only ever intended as a stopgap solution.

stopgap

noun
Something used temporarily or reluctantly when other means are not available:
Translations
بَديل مُؤَقَّت لِسَد الفَراغ
zatímní náhrada
midlertidig et eller andet
kisegítõ megoldás
sem er settur/notaîur til bráîabirgîa
dočasná náhrada
geçici kimse/çözüm

stopgap

[ˈstɒpgæp]
A. N (= thing) → recurso m provisional, expediente m; (= person) → sustituto/a m/f
B. CPD stopgap measure Nmedida f provisional

stopgap

[ˈstɒpgæp] n
(= person) → bouche-trou m
(also stopgap measure) → mesure f bouche-trou

stopgap

[ˈstɒpgæp]
1. n (person) → supplente, sostituto/a temporaneo/a; (measure) → palliativo
2. adj (measures, solution) → tampone inv, sostitutivo/a

stop

(stop) past tense, past participle stopped verb
1. to (make something) cease moving, or come to rest, a halt etc. He stopped the car and got out; This train does not stop at Birmingham; He stopped to look at the map; He signalled with his hand to stop the bus.
2. to prevent from doing something. We must stop him (from) going; I was going to say something rude but stopped myself just in time.
3. to discontinue or cease eg doing something. That woman just can't stop talking; The rain has stopped; It has stopped raining.
4. to block or close. He stopped his ears with his hands when she started to shout at him.
5. to close (a hole, eg on a flute) or press down (a string on a violin etc) in order to play a particular note.
6. to stay. Will you be stopping long at the hotel?
noun
1. an act of stopping or state of being stopped. We made only two stops on our journey; Work came to a stop for the day.
2. a place for eg a bus to stop. a bus stop.
3. in punctuation, a full stop. Put a stop at the end of the sentence.
4. a device on a flute etc for covering the holes in order to vary the pitch, or knobs for bringing certain pipes into use on an organ.
5. a device, eg a wedge etc, for stopping the movement of something, or for keeping it in a fixed position. a door-stop.
ˈstoppage (-pidʒ) noun
(an) act of stopping or state or process of being stopped. The building was at last completed after many delays and stoppages.
ˈstopper noun
an object, eg a cork, that is put into the neck of a bottle, jar, hole etc to close it.
ˈstopping noun
a filling in a tooth. One of my stoppings has come out.
ˈstopcock noun
a tap and valve for controlling flow of liquid through a pipe.
ˈstopgap noun
a person or thing that fills a gap in an emergency. He was made headmaster as a stopgap till a new man could be appointed; (also adjective) stopgap arrangements.
ˈstopwatch noun
a watch with a hand that can be stopped and started, used in timing a race etc.
put a stop to
to prevent from continuing. We must put a stop to this waste.
stop at nothing
to be willing to do anything, however dishonest etc, in order to get something. He'll stop at nothing to get what he wants.
stop dead
to stop completely. I stopped dead when I saw him.
stop off
to make a halt on a journey etc. We stopped off at Edinburgh to see the castle.
stop over to make a stay of a night or more: We're planning to stop over in Amsterdam ( noun ˈstop-over)
stop up
to block. Some rubbish got into the drain and stopped it up.
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Union leaders and environmentalists ruge that no level of exposure to asbestos is safe and that the stricter regulations are only a stopgap measure.
Currently, we are trucking in food and water as a stopgap measure.
US Airways had been making the flight on a stopgap basis since March, replacing a daily flight Delta had offered since 2005.
The upper house is now expected to block the stopgap bill even after the House of Representatives, where the ruling bloc maintains dominance, approves it on Tuesday.
California will borrow up to $15 billion to create a stopgap that will prevent a fiscal disaster for the state.
Unveiling the plans at an Insight Research conference in London, Compass Group global brand director, c-stores, Garry Craft said the Stopgap c-store brand, now at more than 100 sites in the UK, would be phased out within two years and replaced by Amigo.
Recruitment agency STOPGAP has pinpointed the top 20 phrases which turn off the advertising and marketing industry.