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quick fix

A fast and often temporary solution to a problem. There is no quick fix for your financial problems. You must learn to budget your money and gradually cut down on your expenses. The politicians keep looking for quick fixes, unwilling to accept that it's going to take a fundamental overhaul of the system to resolve the problem.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a quick fix

COMMON If something is a quick fix, it is a fast solution, but one which may not last. We encourage our clients to look for other ways to find comfort apart from the quick fix that food offers. There can be no quick fix for public spending. If the recovery fails to cut the deficit sharply, a rise in taxes will be needed. Note: You can also use quick-fix before a noun. The fight against crime is not a quick-fix operation.
See also: fix, quick
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

quick fix

1. n. a quick and probably none too permanent or satisfactory solution to a problem. The quick fix isn’t good enough in this case.
2. mod. having to do with a temporary or unsatisfactory solution or repair. (Usually quick-fix.) Frank is a master of the quick-fix solution.
See also: fix, quick
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It said many people with mental health problems are resorting to "risky quick-fixes" to get support from friends and families, which are leaving both them and their carers vulnerable to fraud or legal difficulties.
Of course the day will arrive when quick-fixes cannot be applied and only unpopular measures can be taken.
We have seen a variety of quick-fixes proposed over the years.