Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds. This trademark sometimes occurs in print in figurative uses: "True welfare reform is being bypassed for Band-Aid solutions” ( Los Angeles Times). "These measures are mere Band-Aids” ( U.S. News & World Report).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An adhesive bandage, composed of a short ribbon of cloth or plastic with an adhesive coating on one side, and having a patch of gauze at the center. It is used to cover small cuts, abrasions, or blisters on the skin, and may be easily applied to and removed from the skin with no additional material. Originally a trademark, the term has been popularly used generically.
  • n. A hurried repair; a temporary fix for a minor problem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. trade name for an adhesive bandage to cover small cuts or blisters
  • n. hurried repair

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Examples

  • "It will be defeated," Reid predicted yesterday, calling Boehner's plan "a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now."

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  • "It will be defeated," Reid predicted, calling it "a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now."

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • "No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now," he said.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • You didn't even need a sober second look to determine that the move by the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Canada and others was a short-term Band-Aid.

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  • "No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now."

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • "No Democrat will vote for a short-term Band-Aid that would put our economy at risk and put the nation back in this untenable situation a few short months from now," Reid said.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • But it's what some wildlife experts describe as a Band-Aid solution.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2008

  • Congress hasn't enforced the plan, however, and each year has passed what the TMA calls Band-Aid legislation overriding the cuts.

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  • Usually a Band-Aid is the only dressing necessary.

    Find Me A Cure

  • And those kind of Band-Aid fixes aren't going to solve this issue overnight.

    CNN Transcript May 14, 2004

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