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), ju·ry-rigged, ju·ry-rig·ging.
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.
Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged
This one’s for you, DIY fans. Jury-rigged means something was assembled quickly with the materials on hand. Jerry-built means it was cheaply built. Jerry-rigged is a combination of these two words. Jerry-rigged is a relatively new word. Many people consider it to be an incorrect version of jury-rigged, but it’s widely used in everyday speech. Jury-Rigged The word jury has a few different meanings. It …
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Origin of jury-rig
First recorded in 1780–90
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Historical Examples of jury-rig
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