makeshift makeshift  /ˈmeɪk ˌʃɪft/


  1. (n) something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
  2. (adj) done or made using whatever is available


  1. Neighbors and fans erected a makeshift memorial outside the apartment building in which Heath Ledger was found dead on Tuesday afternoon.
  2. Web activists concerned about a rising flood of porn in Korean cyberspace have also weighed in, throwing up makeshift sites in support of the singer.
  3. Six girls wearing baseball caps and baggy shirts mope around in a makeshift prison just outside the walls of Tehran's Azadi Stadium.


  1. Murder Destroyed Charity Lee's Family, Forever Altered Her Concept of Justice

    On a sweltering Monday evening in May, Charity Lee sat near a makeshift pulpit inside the Greater Faith Church on the city’s East Side. Before her sat 10 children whose lives had been forever changed by the sins of their parents. The kids stared at the concrete floor and fidgeted nervously until Lee broke the silence. In her distinctive Southern drawl, she cracked jokes about her bulging eight ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: San Antonio Current

  2. Santa Monica gunman was mentally evaluated

    Akiva Sherman, right, 62, repairs the wall next to a makeshift memorial Sunday, June 9, 2013, where a victim's vehicle crashed during the shootings at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Calif. The shootings on Friday left six people dead, including the gunman.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Greene County Messenger

  3. Couple sentenced to 30 years for keeping child in makeshift cage

    GLOUCESTER- A Gloucester couple was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday afternoon for keeping their six-year-old daughter in a makeshift cage. Brian and Shannon Gore pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse just as their trial was about to begin. They also entered an Alford plea to malicious wounding. Sheriff's deputies came across the situation while investigating a burglary at the Gore ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: 13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads


  1. "It was apparent that the murder suspect, alone in his cell, had used a piece of his shirt as a makeshift ligature around his neck," Charlie Beck, chief of detectives for the Los Angeles Police Department, said at a news conference Saturday at...
    on Oct 11, 2008 By: Beck Source: FOXNews

  2. "Shaun Pollock was the makeshift captain and has done a terrific job but I will be captaining the side," Tendulkar said.
    on May 12, 2008 By: Sachin Tendulkar Source: Rediff

  3. "I'm a makeshift point guard out there, and you're going against a guy like Gilbert that's been on a tear. You look at it as a challenge, especially coming off a 2 1/2-month layoff," said Brown, who was cut by Golden State before the season....
    on Jan 12, 2007 By: Devin Brown Source: Forbes

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