from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A substitute for something unobtainable at the time; a makeshift.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. improvised, makeshift
  • n. A temporary or makeshift expedient

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency


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  • That was our 'MO' for the rest of the week, and it worked, but it was definitely a make-do, not something I'd want to live with forever.

    Tankless propane water heater.

  • He also warned him with a wagging finger against slipshod outfits like the make-do Met, where art was ruined for want of rehearsal Szell had been the company's principal conductor in the 1940s.

    The Met's Rock of Ages

  • Celebrate recycling – make-do and mend should become a virtue.

    Public managers need to wake up and make the savings

  • The sculpture's outlandish size, its unlikely setting, the make-do materials, not to mention its utter uselessness as a water-going vehicle, combine to evoke the innocent madcap fascinations many of us adults never fully outgrow for train sets, dolls' houses, snowmen and sandcastles.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • She kept a printer and an elderly laptop on top of the wooden hope chest she had moved from her bedroom to her make-do headquarters.

    Fatal Error

  • Next time I might try Jane Grigson's idea of adding a little anchovy essence to the filling, or try it using a proper wooden mould instead of a make-do version with the cake tin.

    Nigel Slater's pork pie recipe

  • Glorious, and clearly hazardous, bottom-up and make-do.

    Eyebeam reBlog

  • The web has to stop being a meringue frosting on the top of business, this make-do melange of mashups and abstraction layers.

    Eyebeam reBlog

  • Like you, I'm the make-do eater in my relationship.

    Louise McCready: The Gastronomy of Marriage Author on the Tempestuous Relationship between Love and Food

  • But without construction materials, it's impossible except for rudimentary, make-do ingenuity such as efforts getting the most out of whatever materials are available.

    A UN Special Focus on Gaza Under Siege


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