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Stop gap

Posted by RRC on July 26, 2008 at 16:13

In Reply to: Stop gap posted by Chris on July 26, 2008 at 11:03:

: Where does the expression 'stop gap' come from?

Stopgap is a single word. The earliest citation is 1684. The meaning comes from something that fills in a hole quickly - a stop/stopper in a gap.