from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An improvised substitute for something lacking; a temporary expedient. See Synonyms at makeshift.
- adj. Serving as a stopgap: a stopgap budget bill to keep the government running.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Temporary; short-term.
- n. A temporary measure or short-term fix used until something better can be obtained.
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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.
The nine bills would provide the funding and broadly divvy it up for the rest of fiscal year 2012, after Congress earlier passed a series of short-term stopgap measures.
Too often elections are a short-term stopgap for long-term problems.
MARY SCHIAVO, AVIATION SAFETY EXPERT: Unfortunately that is a very short-term stopgap measure.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid comments on the Congress budget battle and says the House short-term stopgap plan is "a sure way to close the government."
And Reid said Republicans were stalling and procrastinating by proposing another short-term stopgap to fund the government.
Republicans in the House of Representatives want to increase it in two stages, the first a short-term stopgap that would last through early next year.
Congress passed seven short-term stopgap measures called "continuing resolutions" over the course of six months.
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