temporary expedient

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n temporary expedient an unplanned expedient
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise ;in statesmanship.”

Usage

In literature:

But, of course, as you were without authority, and had so little in your power, it could only be a very temporary expedient.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
A temporary expedient is all that was contemplated, and nothing more lasting was evoked.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
I am not sure that he did not suggest a false mustache as a temporary expedient.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Life, too, came to be viewed as something more than merely a temporary expedient, a thing to be viewed as a necessary evil.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
This is only a temporary expedient, taking you off this way.
"Mr. Spaceship" by Philip K. Dick
You hated charity because it was only temporary and expedient.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Nor is this dumping a mere temporary expedient to relieve the German manufacturer of an unexpected surplus.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
He was, therefore, in June, made ambassador at Paris as a temporary expedient.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
But of course that would be a temporary expedient.
"The Preliminaries" by Cornelia A. P. Comer
Meanwhile, as a temporary expedient, he suggested a romantic scheme.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
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