Origin of contraption
Examples from the Web for contraption
Instinctively, we know it's not, but despair about how to turn the contraption off.
He was, it appears, overpowered as the contraption failed to properly ignite.
On the Hall plantation there was a contraption, similar to a gallows, where the slaves were suspended and whipped.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
No, what would become of us, if you go out there and blow yourself up with that contraption?Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
But when some of your cows set their eyes on this contraption theyre goin to kick holes in the airan thats sartain!Ruth Fielding at Silver Ranch|Alice B. Emerson
Instinctively he obeyed the impulse to shove the contraption of metal from him with his hands.The Jameson Satellite|Neil Ronald Jones
Yesterday we could bag them one after the other, as fast as I could fire this contraption.Black Eyes and the Daily Grind|Milton Lesser
Word Origin for contraption
1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.