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holding operation

noun [C usually singular] uk   UK us  
a temporary way of dealing with a situation until a new and better way can be introduced: This is just a holding operation until we get the new management structure sorted out.
Translations of “holding operation”
in Chinese (Traditional) 臨時措施…
in Chinese (Simplified) 临时措施…
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