Here Tony and Gwen, tell us how this phrase came about. For those new to my blog, Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera are the authors of the book, “By Hook or by Crook” from which this and many of the phrases that I’ve posted were taken. Pick up a phrase and know how it originated.
“The opening on a bread oven was known as the ‘gap’ and the separate door – which was only used while the bread was cooking – was known as a ‘stop’ or ‘stop-gap’.
From this, a stop gap has come to mean anything which is a temporary closure, or a temporary measure.”
How sad stop gap doesn’t mean stopping the ‘yak, yak, yak”. Maybe we can introduce the new usage. If we use it often enough we might succeed.
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