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makeshift adj : done or made using whatever is available; "crossed the river on improvised bridges"; "the survivors used jury-rigged fishing gear"; "the rock served as a makeshift hammer" [syn: improvised, jury-rigged] n : something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency [syn: stopgap]

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  1. A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.
    "I am not a model clergyman, only a decent makeshift."— G. Eliot.


A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else


  1. Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.
    They used the ledge and a few branches for a makeshift shelter.


Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted

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