(redirected from bands)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to bands: Boy bands

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

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.

band together (against someone or something)

to unite in opposition to someone or something; to unite against someone or something. We must band together against the enemy. Everyone banded together to finish the cleanup work.
See also: band, together

one-man show

1. Lit. a performance put on by one person. It was a one-man show, but it was very entertaining. For a one-man show, it was very long.
2. Fig. an exhibition of the artistic works of one person. She is having a one-man show at the Northside Gallery. I'm having a one-man show next weekend. Come and see what I have done.
See also: show

strike up the band

1. Lit. to cause a (dance) band to start playing. Strike up the band, maestro, so we all can dance the night away.
2. Fig. to cause something to start. Strike up the band! Let's get this show on the road.
See also: band, strike, up

to beat the band

very briskly; very fast. He's selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising. She worked to beat the band to get ready for this.
See also: band, beat

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)

a one-man band

an organization in which one person does all the work or has all the power
Usage notes: A one-man band is a musician who performs alone and plays several instruments at the same time.
It's basically a one-man band. He designs, prints and sells the T-shirts himself. Its critics say that the company has become a one-man band in recent years.
See also: band

one-man show

Also, one-man band. A person who does or manages just about everything, as in This department is a one-man show-the chairman runs it all, or John conducts the interviews, writes the articles, solicits ads, deals with the printer-he's a one-man band . This idiom alludes to the actor or artist responsible for the entire performance or exhibit, or the musician who plays every instrument in the group. [First half of 1900s]
See also: show

to beat the band

Also, to beat all. To the greatest possible degree. For example, The baby was crying to beat the band, or The wind is blowing to beat the band, or John is dressed up to beat all. This idiom uses beat in the sense of "surpass." The first term may, according to one theory, allude to a desire to arrive before the musicians who led a parade, so as to see the entire event. Another theory holds that it means "make more noise than (and thereby beat) a loud band." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: band, beat

band together

1. To form a cohesive and cooperative group; unite: The people who opposed the new policy banded together to fight it.
2. To cause some things or people to form into a cohesive or cooperative group; unite things or people: The fact that we all had gone to the same school banded us together, and we became good friends.
See also: band, together

one-man show

1. n. a performance put on by one person. It was a one-man show, but it was very entertaining.
2. n. an exhibition of the artistic works of one person. She is having a one-man show at the Northside Gallery.
See also: show

to beat the band

mod. very hard and very fast. He’s selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising.
See also: band, beat

to beat the band

To an extreme degree.
See also: band, beat
References in periodicals archive ?
Each of the USAF Bands has a distinguished story to tell that carries great history and tradition.
Coady Willis: It's happened to me in other bands before, but we're writing stuff that is both fun to play and challenging at the same time.
Custom-designed heating elements include MAX2000 high-temperature and high-watt-density band and strip heaters, which are a combination of inorganic mica insulating materials designed to increase heater life and durability.
Making sure the rubber bands are not twisted, press both lids onto the can.
Gay boys love boy bands for the same reason straight girls do," says Oliver Armstrong, 21.
The FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands is a partnership with FORTUNE magazine, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Educational Programs, and NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry.
The premise: drummer Lee, guitarist Clarke and bassist Newsted must winnow the list of contestants to find a lead singer for their new band Supernova.
It goes all the way back to the bands I played with in high school.
LOS ANGELES -- Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal Profile the Big Band and Their Surprising Teen Fan Base as New Album, "The Phat Pack," Hits Top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart
About 10 bands in each of the six divisions will perform shows, about seven to 12 minutes each, and are judged on music and general effect, which includes emotions elicited from the performances.
Jesse Woghin: We're listening to a lot of local Chicago bands and other people doing the same thing we are.
With wireless operator's consolidation, FCC rebanding and new license auctions, wireless carriers are co-locating frequency bands in one cell site to improve their customers' Quality of Service (QoS), provide ease of administration, facilitate timely optimization and reduce multiple cell site costs," stated Burton Calloway, Vice President, Air Interface Products.
And year after year, they trump the bands of high schools up and down the state.
The sound of most European boy bands is not right for what's happening in pop music here.
The development of means to avoid the formation of undesirable bands of defects is another example of the type of required research.