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a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
(often lowercase) Informal. a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution that does not satisfy the basic or long-range need:
The proposed reform isn’t thorough enough to be more than just a band-aid.
(often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution:
band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.
Contemporary Examples

Think of this as removing a Band-Aid really, really, really slowly.
How Obama Could Blow It Reihan Salam April 23, 2009

Hell, even the Band-Aid of busing was enough to spark a huge backlash to civil rights laws.
When America Said “No” to the War on Segregation Jamelle Bouie February 3, 2014

“AbleNook is not just a short term or Band-Aid fix, but a solution that could become a home for multiple generations,” she says.
AbleNook designers offer alternative to disaster-relief tents and trailers Nina Strochlic August 17, 2013

Unfortunately, the best response we can muster might be much harder than a Band-Aid or hidden camera.
Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones Jay Michaelson October 17, 2014

Instead of building up and having wedding promos and having it be this whole event, it was like ripping a Band-Aid off.
On the Set of ‘Parks’ Jace Lacob September 19, 2011

Or, we can pull off the Band-Aid attaching the two sides of banking.
Jamie Dimon’s Hubris Unshakable as JPMorgan Reelects Him to Top Two Posts Nomi Prins May 15, 2012

Historical Examples

He had torn open a Band-Aid and was trying to fasten it around his finger.
The Last Straw William J. Smith

trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
(sometimes not capitals) (informal) somethinɡ that provides a temporary solution to a problem

trademark registered 1924 by Johnson & Johnson for a stick-on gauze pad or strip. See band (n.1) + aid (n.). The British equivalent was Elastoplast. Figurative sense of “temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, pallative” (often lower case, sometimes bandaid) is first recorded 1968; as an adjective, from 1970.

Band-Aid (bānd’ād’)

A trademark used for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.


: a Band-Aid expedient


A temporary or stopgap remedy: All they did to rectify the problem was to put a Band-Aid on it

[1960s+; fr Band-Aid, trademark for a brand of small adhesive bandages]


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