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jury-rig

[joo r-ee-rig]
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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), ju·ry-rigged, ju·ry-rig·ging.
  1. to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, especially for temporary use: to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
  2. 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

First recorded in 1780–90
Can be confusedjerry-built jury-rigged
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  • She's helpless; we're not, for we've got a jury-rig under the bows.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

    Morgan Robertson