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jury-rigged

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Definition of jury-rigged in English:

adjective

1(Of a ship) having temporary makeshift rigging.
Example sentences
  • She was still scarred after her encounters with icebergs so proper repairs to her jury-rigged jib boom were a top priority.
  • Dwarfed by the boat's jury-rigged splashboard, Lee had pushed to a handy boat length lead at the finish and will qualify for the final.
  • He is closing on the last remaining competitor who, in panic, redoubles his efforts to coax his own damaged, worn out and jury-rigged boat faster, causing it to break up entirely and sink.
1.1chiefly North American Makeshift; improvised: jury-rigged classrooms in gymnasiums
More example sentences
  • But no football club in the land can really be expected to survive long-term at a jury-rigged stadium with a couple of temporary stands squeezed into the corner and supporters separated from the action by the width of a running track.
  • Reynolds, in particular, makes use of this jury-rigged stringer system to alert his readers to articles that would otherwise go unnoticed.
  • But enough of this - even though I'm sitting here with a jury-rigged computer I'm about to get back into the swing of things.

Origin

late 18th century: jury perhaps based on Old French ajurie 'aid'.

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