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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adhesive bandage, a small piece of fabric or plastic that may be stuck to the skin in order to temporarily cover a small wound.
  • n. A temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, created ad hoc (often used with a negative connotation of a lack of foresight)
  • v. To apply an adhesive bandage.
  • v. To apply a makeshift fix; to jury-rig.


From the trademark Band-Aid, registered in 1924 by Johnson & Johnson. The sense "temporary solution" was first used in 1968 in Canada. (Wiktionary)



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