Stop-gap
Stop-gap Stop"-gap`, n. That which closes or fills up an opening or gap; hence, a temporary expedient. [1913 Webster]

Moral prejudices are the stop-gaps of virtue. --Hare. [1913 Webster]


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  • stop|gap — «STOP GAP», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a thing or person that fills the place of something lacking; temporary substitute: »We ought to send them our surplus food and clothing as a stopgap, until we can do something more permanent for them (Atlantic) …   Useful english dictionary

  • stop-gap — 1. adjective /ˈstɒpˌɡæp/ Temporary; short term. They put a stop gap solution in place, but need something more permanent. 2. noun /ˈstɒpˌɡæp/ A temporary measure or short term fix used until something better can be obtained …   Wiktionary

  • stop·gap — /ˈstɑːpˌgæp/ noun, pl gaps [count] : someone or something that is intended to be used for a short time and then replaced by someone or something better : a temporary substitute The new law is intended only as a stopgap. often used before another… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stop-gap — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gap — (g[a^]p), n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See {Gape}.] 1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a fence; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gap lathe — Gap Gap (g[a^]p), n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See {Gape}.] 1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stop the gap — To supply what is lacking ● gap …   Useful english dictionary

  • gap — [[t]gæ̱p[/t]] ♦♦♦ gaps 1) N COUNT A gap is a space between two things or a hole in the middle of something solid. He pulled the thick curtains together, leaving just a narrow gap. ...the wind tearing through gaps in the window frames. 2) N COUNT …   English dictionary

  • Gap Wedge — Verschiedene Golfschläger: Holz, Putter und Eisen (nicht maßstabsgerecht, das Holz ist deutlich voluminöser) Ein Golfschläger ist ein Sportgerät, mit dem beim Golf ein Ball auf den 18 Bahnen eines Golfplatzes vom Abschlag bis ins Loch befördert… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stop — v. & n. v. (stopped, stopping) 1 tr. a put an end to (motion etc.); completely check the progress or motion or operation of. b effectively hinder or prevent (stopped them playing so loudly). c discontinue (an action or sequence of actions)… …   Useful english dictionary

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