One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Damaged; broken.‘the lens is totally jiggered’
out of order, not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, inoperative, in disrepairView synonyms
- ‘But public policy in this country has been jiggered to favor capital over labor.’
- ‘It's since my shoulder got painfully and extremely jiggered, six years ago.’
- 1.1 (of a person) exhausted.
tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spentView synonyms
- ‘Not because it's a bad film; I was just jiggered.’
well, I'll be (or I'm) jiggered
informal Used to express one's astonishment.
- ‘People of Guildford, tell me what you believe in and care about… (pause)… well, I'll be jiggered; that's * exactly * what I believe in and care about!’
- ‘Well, I'll be jiggered, look at the all the property you could buy cheap in York County!’
- ‘Sometimes I says to myself, says I, ‘Well, I'll be jiggered!’’
- ‘And we'll be jiggered if a second in Bond's world is longer than a second in our world.’
Mid 19th century: from jigger; its use to mean ‘exhausted’ is probably euphemistic for buggered.
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