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[joo r-ee-rig] /ˈdʒʊər iˌrɪg/
Nautical. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.
verb (used with object), jury-rigged, jury-rigging.
to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, especially for temporary use:
to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
Nautical. to replace (a rudder, mast, etc.) with a jury-rig:
We jury-rigged a fore-topmast after the storm had snapped ours off.
Origin of jury-rig
Can be confused
jerry-built, jury-rigged. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This was no occasion calling for remarkable ingenuity to make some sort of jury-rigged drive.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Perry grinned at the jury-rigged cooler and rummaged around in its mouth for a while.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The Agamemnon had been jury-rigged for the service, her heavy masts and rigging removed, and lighter ropes and spars substituted.

    The Atlantic Telegraph William Howard Russell
  • They had jury-rigged the entire mess so that it stuck together on the old heap.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • At a safe distance from the bore site, a master control panel had been jury-rigged to control all units simultaneously.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • Copeland worked the jury-rigged controls of the jet, continuing to decelerate.

    Comet's Burial Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for jury-rigged


(mainly nautical) set up in a makeshift manner, usually as a result of the loss of regular gear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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