When you have something in your home that isn't quite working right, but instead of getting it repaired, you find an inconvienent work-around and live with the inconvenience instead of gettting it properly repaired -- what is that called?
( I mean like turning off a water inlet valve below the sink instead of getting a leaky faucet repaired, or lighting the stove burner with a match instead of getting the igniter adjusted.)
It depends on the person's motivation.
Depending on the person's reason(s) for their actions, all the definitions posted here are correct.
Like with some other actions, the action can be defined by the motivation, as opposed to being defined by the action.
Yours is a tough question, best answer I can come up with is the non-medical usage of the term, "palliative".
Just remembered this one for quick fixing things that don't work, (probably slang) you 'hay-wire' it until you can get it fixed properly.
I believe the word (or phrase) you’re looking for is cop-out.
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictio … sh/cop-out
Thanks, Glenn, I was thinking more along the lines of "work-around", but that's not quite what I'm looking for either
I would call it a botch job.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin … /botch_job
or make do and mend.
Improvised solution, stopgap, temporary fix.
Recommend https://onelook.com/ Type in your nearest word and then click the Related button.
In addition to the other suggestions, depending on what you're talking about, you could also use raggedy and provisional.
I would add, "in lieu of" getting my sink fixed, I'm using the "patchwork" method which is good enough for now.
"Jury rig". Many years ago there was another term, but it isn't PC to use it now.
Or maybe "redneck"?
Thank you all for the great replies. I think a lot of them apply to me.
Living in a rural area that has limited access to some resources, it sometimes takes a long time to get things fixed properly. Also it takes awhile to get a plumber or electrician out to take a look which is not worth the travel charge if it is a small matter. . I am becoming more adept at makeshift, jury-rig, patchwork improvised, palliative, stopgap and temporary fixes. Wire, super glue and duct tape are sometimes dear friends.
Sounds like you're doing great, Rochelle. We could all probably learn a thing or two from you.
"Wire, super glue and duct tape are sometimes dear friends." and my middle name.
No kidding? Now how are you going to keep your identity secret?
(Always keep a good stash of duct tape. It may become the post- apoctolyptic currency. Forget the gold coins.)
I'm going with make-do. Sometimes make-do's can last forever. From my personal experience anyway
Kenna, it seems there is some dissention about Jury-Jerry.
Urban Dictionary: jerry-rig
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define. … =jerry-rig
A derivation of jury-rig, from the nautical term jury mast. This term refers to a temporary mast raised when the normal mast has been lost due to storm or battle.
Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged - Everything After Z by Dictionary.com
https://www.dictionary.com/e/jury-rigge … ry-rigged/
Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged. This one's for you, DIY fans. Jury-rigged means something was assembled quickly with the materials on hand. Jerry-built means it was cheaply built. Jerry-rigged is a combination of these two words.
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