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Expedient appreciated by bored pupils? (5-4)


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'expedient' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for short-term that I've seen before include "Not lasting long" , "Concerned only with the immediate future" , "Concerned with the near future" , "Not concerned with long timescales" , "Not long-lasting" .)

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