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Band-Aid solution

A quick and/or temporary solution to a problem that does not address or resolve the underlying cause of said problem. Taken from the Band-Aid brand of adhesive bandages. While offering free pizza to customers affected by the oil spill is a cute Band-Aid solution, the company has no plan in place to deal with the actual damage that it caused.
See also: solution

come to (someone's) aid

To provide assistance, support, or rescue to someone. Thank goodness the Coast Guard came to my aid, or I might have drowned out there. We were in serious financial trouble until Susan's mother came to our aid and helped us with some of our debt.
See also: aid, come

Band-Aid treatment

A method of covering up a problem, rather than solving it or getting to the root of it. Refers to the trademark for a brand of adhesive bandages. Honestly, I think this is just a Band-Aid treatment—we need to work harder and find a real solution.
See also: treatment


A quick and usually ineffective solution to a problem that only addresses the symptom and not the root cause. Refers to the trademark for a brand of adhesive bandages. Primarily heard in US. Lowering educational standards in schools may increase graduation rates, but it does little more than slap a Band-Aid on a much deeper problem.

aid and abet someone

Cliché to help someone; to incite someone to do something, possibly something that is wrong. (Originally a legal phrase.) He was scolded for aiding and abetting the boys who were fighting.
See also: abet, aid, and

aid someone in doing something

to help someone do something. He aided her in fixing up the back bedroom.
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aid someone in something

to help someone in some kind of trouble. Will you aid me in this difficulty?
See also: aid

be in aid of

to be intended to help, cure, or resolve. What is all this in aid of? I don't understand what your comments are in aid of.
See also: aid, of

bring something to someone's aid

to bring something with which to help someone. The officer brought medical supplies to our aid. An ambulance was brought to the injured man's aid.
See also: aid, bring

What's something in aid of?

  (British & Australian informal)
something that you say when you want to know why someone has done something I heard the shouting from the other side of the building. What was that in aid of? A present! What's this in aid of?
See also: aid

a Band-Aid

a temporary solution to a problem, or something that seems to be a solution but has no real effect
Usage notes: Band-Aid is a trademark for a thin piece of sticky material used to cover small cuts on the body.
A few food and medical supplies were delivered to the region but it was little more than a Band-Aid. (American)

thirst-aid station

n. a place to purchase liquor. (Punning on first-aid station.) Let’s stop at the next thirst-aid station and get a snort.
See also: station
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The first panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is created.
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And this is indeed what we are witnessing with the AIDS crisis.
1959: The first proven AIDS death in Africa occurred when a man with HIV-1 found in blood samples died in the Congo.
Brechtl: There really have been minimal problems at TCCHCC regarding non-AIDS residents' reaction to the presence of AIDS patients.
Across the region, AIDS has reduced life expectancy to levels not seen since the 1800s.
In March this year, Sibambene, an AIDS and orphan organization run by the Catholic diocese of Bulawayo became a casualty of the new law.
XVI International AIDS Conference, August 13-18, 2006 in Toronto, Canada, http://www.
The aWake Project: Uniting Against the African AIDS Crisis Edited by Jenny Eaton and Kate Etue W Publishing Group, October 2002 $14.
The practical importance of accurate AIDS information is that it allows individuals to assess their own personal risk and allows those with high risk behaviors the opportunity to label such activity as problematic (Morin, 1988).
The prevalence of extreme attitudes toward people with AIDS decreased significantly throughout the decade: Some 29-34% of respondents endorsed the segregation or public naming of people with AIDS in 1991, whereas 12-16% did so in 1999.
The numbers beat out a dirge: Twenty-two million people to date worldwide have died from AIDS.
She will spend the rest of her life worrying that the virus would develop into life-threatening AIDS - that any cough, sneeze, rash or flu would, in fact, indicate AIDS and perhaps the beginning of the end of her life.
Various domains shape the construction of HIV/ AIDS as chronic disease, including the political, social, economic, legal, philosophical, psychological, religious, and spiritual ramifications associated with the illness.