- Nautical. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
- any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.
- 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
First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for jury-rigged
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Perry grinned at the jury-rigged cooler and rummaged around in its mouth for a while.Makers
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- mainly nautical set up in a makeshift manner, usually as a result of the loss of regular gear
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