“Stop Gap” … How did it originate?

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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One thought on ““Stop Gap” … How did it originate?

  1. xiaoyao2 says:

    Dear Novice101,

    Got into your blog accidentally. Resonate with your views about getting to see others and oneself in a balanced perspective.

    Laozi, in his book , said in Chapter 22 :
    . 不自见,故明;
    . 不自是,故彰;
    . 不自伐,故有功;
    . 不自矜,故长;
    . 夫唯不爭,故天下莫能與之爭…..”

    Enjoy your day.

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