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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?
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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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In Martin,(20) the convicted aider was the organizer of a marketed tax protestor group who prepared false returns for "member/customers.
I managed to get the names of the two ladies who were first aiders and the staff from the pub and I will therefore be able to thank them personally but the nurse disappeared as quickly as she had appeared and I didn't manage to get her name.
FIRST aiders from across the country came to Coventry on Sunday for a team competition.
Le ministre des Finances, Dr Youssef Boutros-Ghali a affirme hier que le gouvernement egyptien etait dispose a aider le Soudan a restruturer ses dettes dues au Fonds monetaire international (FMI) et indique avoir accepte une invitation a visiter ce pays arabe frere afin d'examiner ce dossier et un certain nombre de questions et de projets profitant aux deux peuples egyptien et soudanais.
No ambulance was called and instead the first aider drove Mr Hill by car to a hospital with no accident and emergency unit, from where he was airlifted to Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital.
We sometimes hear from people who have been saved from choking or treated at the scene of a road accident by first aiders, but we're keen to build up a fuller picture of how people in the local area are benefiting from a knowledge of simple first aid.
Stockton fire station Watch Manager Dave Firth said a good Samaritan first aider helped.
And since the actual sellers hadn't been shown to have committed a crime, Keating couldn't be convicted as an aider and abettor, despite a specially tailored Ito jury instruction.
L'Algerie a un role [beaucoup moins que]tres important[beaucoup plus grand que] a jouer pour aider a la l'instauration de la paix et la reconstruction du Mali, a indique, hier, a Bamako, le representant special du secretaire general de l'ONU, le chef de la mission multidimensionnelle integree des Nations unies pour la stabilisation du Mali, Bert Koenders.
Four in five businesses admit not having a trained first aider at times, leaving them open to legal risks.
The law demands that all workplaces must comply with Health and Safety Regulations and a trained first aider has often been the difference between a life lost and one saved.
If you have used first aid skills learned through St John Ambulance or been treated by a first aider in a life threatening situation call Jacky Rattue or Carl Williams on 01905 363541.
A store today defended its safety policy after being criticised by a mum for not having a first aider on duty when her daughter fell.
Section 31 of the Green Book on health and safety at sports grounds says there should be one first aider for every 1000 fans.
The store staff, especially the first aider, ambulancemen (one of whom was called John), the staff of Aintree Hospital A&E and the police, all made a horrible experience a bit more bearable