makeshift

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From make +‎ shift.

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Noun[edit]

makeshift ‎(plural makeshifts)

  1. A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 17
      I am not a model clergyman, only a decent makeshift.
    • Sir Humphry Davy
      Hoboism cannot be cured or prevented by makeshifts or by local measures and efforts, although community interest naturally is vital in dealing with a problem that comes home to every community.

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Adjective[edit]

makeshift ‎(comparative more makeshift, superlative most makeshift)

  1. Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.
    They used the ledge and a few branches for a makeshift shelter.
    • 2012 May 26 2012, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”, BBC Sport:
      Hodgson was able to introduce Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his debut late on as this makeshift England line-up closed out a victory that was solid for the most part without ever threatening to be spectacular.

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