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See also: work around


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work +‎ around



workaround (plural workarounds)

  1. A means of overcoming some obstacle, especially an obstacle consisting of constraints, or laws or regulations.
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 6 August 2020:
      More significantly, rigid deference to [Justin] Bieber’s still-young core fan base keeps things resolutely PG, with any acknowledgement of sex either couched in vague “touch your body” workarounds or downgraded to desirous hand-holding and eye-gazing.
  2. (computing) A procedure or a temporary fix that bypasses a problem and allows a user to continue working until a better solution can be provided.
    Synonyms: kludge, kluge
  3. (project management) An impromptu and temporary response to an unforeseen problem or risk.



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