jury-rigging

jury-rig

[joor-ee-rig]
noun
1.
Nautical. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
2.
any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.
verb (used with object), jury-rigged, jury-rigging.
3.
to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, especially for temporary use: to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
4.
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:
1780–90

jerry-built, jury-rigged.
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