Where does the word “stopgap” come from and What does stopgap mean?

One of the many meanings of to stop is “to dam, to plug up,” as in “to stop a leak,” or “to stop a drain.”

And a stopgap, even in its modern sense of some temporary measure to fill a need, is, both literally and figuratively, something to “stop” a “gap.”

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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