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 for workaround
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  workaround
   n.
  
      1. A temporary kluge used to bypass, mask, or otherwise avoid a bug or
      misfeature in some system. Theoretically, workarounds are always replaced
      by fixes; in practice, customers often find themselves living with
      workarounds for long periods of time. ?The code died on NUL characters in
      the input, so I fixed it to interpret them as spaces.? ?That's not a fix,
      that's a workaround!?
  
      2. A procedure to be employed by the user in order to do what some
      currently non-working feature should do. Hypothetical example: ?Using
      META-F7 crashes the 4.43 build of Weemax, but as a workaround you can
      type CTRL-R, then SHIFT-F5, and delete the remaining cruft by hand.?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  workaround
  
      A temporary kluge used to bypass, mask
     or otherwise avoid a bug or misfeature in some system.
     Customers often find themselves living with workarounds for
     long periods of time rather than getting a bug fix.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-06-25)
  

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