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English definition of “stopgap”

stopgap

noun [C] uk   /ˈstɒp.ɡæp/ us    /ˈstɑːp-/
something intended for temporary use until something better or more suitable can be found: Hostels are usually provided as a stopgap until the families can be housed in permanent accommodation. We might have to employ someone temporarily as a stopgap measure until we can fill the post.
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