jury rig

jury rig
n. makeshift mast and yards

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Jury-rig — Ju ry rig , v. t. to rig for temporary service; to construct flimsily and in makeshift fashion. See {Jury}, a. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jury-rig — jury ,rig verb transitive to make a piece of equipment for temporary use after the real piece has been broken or lost: Connors jury rigged a sail and headed toward land …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Jury rig — Not to be confused with Jury tampering. Jury rigging refers to makeshift repairs or temporary contrivances, made with only the tools and materials that happen to be on hand. Originally a nautical term, on sailing ships a jury rig is a replacement …   Wikipedia

  • jury-rig — ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: back formation from jury rigged : to erect, construct, or arrange in a makeshift fashion * * * /joor ee rig /, n., v., jury rigged, jury rigging. n. 1. Naut. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig… …   Useful english dictionary

  • jury-rig — /joor ee rig /, n., v., jury rigged, jury rigging. n. 1. Naut. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc. 2. any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like. v.t. 3. to assemble quickly or from… …   Universalium

  • jury-rig / jerry-build —    Jury rig means to improvise a temporary repair or substitute : Malcolm jury rigged a tentpole out of a broom. Avoid saying jerry rig.    Jerry build is a slang word meaning to build poorly : Malcolm jerry built a shelf that fell before we… …   Confused words

  • jury-rig / jerry-build —    Jury rig means to improvise a temporary repair or substitute : Malcolm jury rigged a tentpole out of a broom. Avoid saying jerry rig.    Jerry build is a slang word meaning to build poorly : Malcolm jerry built a shelf that fell before we… …   Confused words

  • jury-rig — ju′ry rig v. t. rigged, rig•ging cvb to assemble hastily or from whatever is at hand, esp. for temporary use • Etymology: 1780–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • jury rig — Synonyms and related words: action, ad hoc measure, ad lib, ad lib, ad libbing, answer, arrangement, artifice, bat out, botch, bungle, contrivance, cook up, countermove, coup, course of action, dash off, demarche, device, do anyhow, do by halves …   Moby Thesaurus

  • jury-rig — make a substitute, improvise    When we don t have a fuse, Dad jury rigs one with silver paper …   English idioms

  • jury-rig — transitive verb Etymology: 2jury Date: 1788 to erect, construct, or arrange in a makeshift fashion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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