The grid is held together by the infrastructure equivalent of duct tape and prayer.
Con Ed will have to deal with widespread intrusions into the duct banks and transformers that lie below the city streets.
London is fighting back hearteningly now, with Twitter citizen armies wielding brooms and mops, buckets, and duct tape.
1640s, "course, direction," from Latin ductus "a leading," past participle of ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Anatomical sense is from 1660s. Meaning "conduit, channel" is 1713; that of "air tube in a structure" is from 1884.
A tubular bodily canal or passage, especially one for carrying a glandular secretion such as bile.