This is day 5 of my daily online course for teaching spoken English. I've got a really useful phrase today that I'm sure you will be able to impress your native speaking friends with. Please help me share these lessons by commenting and clicking "like".
Today's lesson needs a fair bit of explanation.
It's called a "Band-aid solution"
This is kind of like a high level slang phrase. First of all, a band-aid is a brand that is popular in the US. It is like a sticky piece of tape that you put on your finger if you cut it while cutting tomatoes or something. You can use "band-aids" for minor cuts and scrapes to protect them.
The band-aid isn't really a cure. It won't fix the problem, it just helps it a little in the short term.
Band-aid solutions are "short term" ways to solve a problem. They are usually not a good idea in the long run.
Taking pain killers for a small headaches is an example of a band-aid solution. You will make your head feel better that day, but you aren't really fixing the problems causing the headaches.
Basically, any short term or "quick fix" solution that doesn't help fix the cause of the problem is called a "band-aid solution". These term is always used in a negative way.
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