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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which closes or fills up an opening or gap; hence, a temporary expedient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which fills a gap or hiatus, or, figuratively, that which serves as an expedient in an emergency.
  • Filling a gap or pause, as in the course of talk.

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Indeed, euroland's policy makers might not even be capable of devising short-term stop-gap measures to give the overly indebted countries a bit of breathing space so that they might, only might, find a path that leads away from the insolvency road down which they are headed.

    Default, Get Thee From My Euroland House

  • On Sunday evening, Mr. El-Erian said in an email that the "political ground is being prepared for a short-term stop-gap compromise" that probably will push stocks and the dollar lower and leave the U.S. debt rating "extremely exposed to a damaging downgrade."

    Wall Street Set to Act on Default, But How?

  • "The most likely outcome is that we will go into the election under a continuing resolution," said Joe Minarik, a former White House chief economist under Clinton, referring to a stop-gap spending measure that keeps the U.S. government funded only temporarily.

    The Full Feed from

  • Last week, Congress averted a government shutdown by enacting a stop-gap spending measure that funds federal agencies for a two-week period.

    Partisan Divide Continues on US Federal Budget

  • White House officials have repeatedly called for a long-term budget deal instead of stop-gap measures, such as the provision President Obama signed on Thursday that extended funding for two weeks, until March 18.

    Administration could back second temporary budget deal

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. declined to say Thursday whether House Democrats might support a stop-gap government funding resolution that cuts spending below current levels.

    Nancy Pelosi: 'I'd rather not speculate' on funding cuts

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner R-Ohio had previously announced that he would not accept a stop-gap measure, meaning the move does little to decrease the possibility of a government shutdown.

    After 90 hours of debate, House nears completion of government-funding measure

  • Meanwhile, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. announced late Friday night that she and other House Democratic leaders were introducing a stop-gap measure that would extend government spending at current levels through March 31, in case both chambers aren't able to hash out a resolution by March 4, the date government funding is set to expire.

    After 90 hours of debate, House nears completion of government-funding measure

  • It was a stop-gap situation with few good alternatives, and it was difficult to get the local cooperation necessary, KIPP people have told me.

    Does KIPP shed too many low-performers?

  • Frank Addario, President of the CLA, argues that the cash infusion is merely a stop-gap measure which does not address the underlying concerns of the criminal defence bar.

    Legal Aid boycott to continue : Law is Cool


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  • JM knows a dentist that uses braces as a stop-gap measure.

    June 27, 2011

  • n. That which closes or fills up an opening or gap; hence, a temporary expedient.

    January 22, 2008