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What does rigged mean?
Where does rigged come from?
Rigged has nothing to do with the rigging on boats or big rigs on the highway. This rigged, dated in this form in the mid-1800s, is unrelated and its origins are obscure.
In the late 1700s, lexicographer Francis Grose defined a rig as “fun, game, diversion, or trick,” which was extended to “to deceive.” This rig may come from thimblerig, an early version of the shell game con.
In the 1800s, rigging specifically referred to stock fraud (e.g., a rigged stock). In the 1900s, rigged was especially used to talk about sporting matches (like the 1919 World Series) whose winner was fixed in advance, usually by players getting money to lose on purpose.
In the 2000s, rigged was increasingly used of political or social systems. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders notably campaigned on repairing a rigged economy in favor of the rich while Donald Trump thundered on about the election being rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton.
How is rigged used in real life?
Calling something rigged is often used in everyday speech or writing by people who think an outcome has been fixed ahead of time so they lose.
As noted, sports matches are often discussed as rigged, such as the 2006 Italian football scandal. This involved teams and referees fixing matches for financial gain (gain for the deliberate losers that is).
Rigged, as also noted, came into the spotlight during the U.S. presidential election, a favorite claim of Donald Trump, who lied that the election was rigged so Clinton would win. Many now believe, ironically enough, that the election was in fact rigged, with Russian meddling helping Trump win.
Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
More examples of rigged:
“How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions”
—Jeff Maysh, The Daily Beast (headline), July 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use -rigged in a sentence
This sick status quo is a result of the rigged system of redistricting.
But New Yorkers have an important chance to reform their rigged system.
They hate attack ads and want change, but believe the American political system is rigged.Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins Elections|Linda Killian|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Semi-rigged elections, and blurred lines between business and government—Beijing's wrangling would make Boss Tweed proud.
In 1965, amid political tensions, regional elections were rigged by the ruling party in Western Nigeria.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life|Chimamanda Adichie|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only I happened to have the radio set, and—and everything is rigged right for my idea to work out.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
That was just rigged up to send us to Jack Carlson to ask that he get us out of town in a hurry.
Chet and Lance had 122 a pair of automobile searchlights rigged forward on their own boat.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
The chain communicated with a powerful crane rigged up on the foremast, and was wrought by a steam windlass on deck.
It would be difficult in that weatherworn hull to recognise the trim full-rigged ship that left the Hoogly many months before.