Definition of "stopgap" [stopgap]

  • (noun) An improvised substitute for something lacking; a temporary expedient. See Synonyms at makeshift.
  • (adjective) Serving as a stopgap: a stopgap budget bill to keep the government running.

Use "stopgap" in a sentence

  • "In the meantime, it was asking publishers to cover more of the costs through a 7-cent surcharge in what it characterized as a stopgap measure."
  • "Even as a short-term stopgap measure in high-needs areas, I think it's doing more harm to teaching than good."
  • "The Senate approved $219 billion in stopgap spending bill (HR 3081, above) for fiscal 2011, which will fund government operations until Dec. 3, at which time the post-election Congress will take up regular appropriations for the new budget year."

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