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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: make shift 'to make efforts, try all methods, manage to do something' (15-19 centuries)

makeshift

adjective
     
make‧shift
made to be used for a short time only when nothing better is available:
The refugees slept in makeshift tents at the side of the road.

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