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.

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  • adj. Temporary; short-term.
  • n. A temporary measure or short-term fix used until something better can be obtained.


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  • Even as a short-term stopgap measure in high-needs areas, I think it's doing more harm to teaching than good.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • And Reid said Republicans were stalling and procrastinating by proposing another short-term stopgap to fund the government. Top Stories

  • 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. Front Page

  • Congress passed seven short-term stopgap measures called "continuing resolutions" over the course of six months.


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