Main definitions of rig in English

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rig1

verb

  • 1[with object] Provide (a sailing boat) with sails and rigging:

    ‘the catamaran will be rigged as a ketch’
    [in combination] ‘a gaff-rigged cutter’
    • ‘Tarangini is a ‘Barque’, which means she is square rigged on the fore and mainmasts and fore and aft rigged on the mizzenmast.’
    • ‘At the beach we had to rig one of the rafts so that the youngsters could get in, and then we put Lee in one with them.’
    • ‘The Discovery benefits from its romantic association with Captain Robert Falcon Scott and is fully rigged unlike its ugly sister.’
    • ‘The first, and flagship of the fleet, is S / Y Crescent - a ketch rigged mono hulled vessel.’
    • ‘The boat had been recently commissioned and placed under Captain Charles Inglis to be rigged.’
    • ‘The trainee programme offers those aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to sail to France on a traditionally rigged sailing ship.’
    • ‘The boat must be fully rigged and, meet safety- and class-requirements.’
    • ‘Harrison Spencer, of Gunard, Isle of Wight, has been made an MBE for his services to yacht rigging and sailing at Cowes.’
    • ‘From gold-laden galleons to a fully rigged tea-clipper, there are wrecks galore in the clear waters around Salcombe.’
    • ‘This view gives a good impression of the huge amount of rope needed to rig a sailing ship.’
    • ‘The six berth trawler was built in 1988 and is steel hulled, shelter decked, is 24 metres in length and is rigged for trawling.’
    • ‘By the beginning of December Challenger was newly rigged, freshly caulked and painted, and fitted with a new deck house for the comfort of the Scientifics.’
    • ‘Mel had pointed the boat into the wind so that Al and Abe could show us how to rig her properly.’
    • ‘Originally planned as an air ambulance, the Huey was later rigged as a gun ship and a troop carrier.’
    • ‘Such ships were robustly built with stout planking secured to massive framing timbers, with a single mast possibly rigged with a square sail.’
    • ‘Trying to lessen the impact, the boat turned south on Sunday rigged in full storm mode - all gear was checked and rechecked and everything made secure.’
    • ‘After a short wait in the LZ for the bridge sections and boats to be rigged, we reviewed the preflight weight and power calculations.’
    • ‘She is rigged for trawling and is ready to join the local fleet working for prawns under the command of skipper Eric Johnston.’
    equip, kit out, fit out, fit up, supply, outfit, furnish, accoutre, array, provide, provision, stock, arm
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    1. 1.1 Assemble and adjust (the equipment of a sailing boat, aircraft, etc.) in readiness for operation:
      ‘most sails are kept ready rigged’
      • ‘Using powerful floodlights to attract the delicacy known to the Japanese as ika, the boats employ sails which are rigged astern to reduce the ship's roll in the ocean swells.’
      • ‘He looked up at the starry sky, at the one sail they had rigged, and then at the ship's deck.’
      • ‘They started rigging up the aircraft after unloading it from a trailer but the pilot was interrupted twice.’
      • ‘Gliders are left rigged ready for re-use in the hangar’
      • ‘They rigged two mooring legs on the ship's fantail, consisting of anchors, chain and heavy cable attached to two buoys.’
      • ‘Speaking from the yacht yesterday, crewman Christian Hankel said they were moving well, a mast and sail had been rigged and the engine was working.’
      • ‘At first when sails triumphed over oars, a large square sail was rigged on the mainmast while two smaller sails fore and aft gave the ship maneuverability.’
      • ‘When more medical supplies arrived, LAC Williams and I unloaded the aircraft, re - rigged it for the return journey and carried litter patients to the aircraft.’
      • ‘The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.’
      • ‘Apparently, the machine had been incorrectly rigged and Bob had his hands full in getting the Heinkel back on the ground.’
      • ‘The flight controls had been carefully rigged to fractions of a degree while the wing slats were removed and then refitted to ensure a perfectly smooth fit.’
      • ‘When Armand glanced out again early in the morning light he saw an old aluminum fishing skiff with an outboard astern, sporting an orange plastic tarp rigged amidships over the loading boom as a tent.’
      • ‘He told Matthews of his desire to have all available sail rigged and set.’
      • ‘It may seem odd to see people rigging sails on their ships in space at first but what a glorious backdrop this is.’
      • ‘The topmen were already working to rig the last of the sail and running rigging.’
      • ‘I want that schooner mast patched and sail rigged as soon as possible.’
  • 2Set up (equipment or a device or structure), typically in a makeshift or hasty way:

    ‘he had rigged up a sort of tent’
    [with object and infinitive] ‘the power plant of the lifeboat had been rigged to explode’
    • ‘Now and again the speeches would be interrupted for volleys of gunfire over the graves and choruses of martial-sounding music from loudspeakers rigged up around the cemetery.’
    • ‘There is no play tomorrow because the arena is being rigged up for television coverage which starts on Saturday.’
    • ‘The protesters rigged up a sound system outside the chief executive's home and blasted out aircraft noise for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Jonah rigged up a narrow plywood sheet with screws threaded in at various points; it's now our camera mount and steadicam in one.’
    • ‘Until now, if your boat didn't have hot water the next best solution was to rig up a sun shower or heat up a pot on the stove.’
    • ‘The results began to trickle through on the ship's radio late at night; excitement grew as we strained to hear the results on the loudspeaker, rigged up for us by the Chief Engineer.’
    • ‘By this point he had won the trust and respect of the subjects of his documentary to such an extent that they also acted as crew members for him, rigging up makeshift lights and constructing dollies that would run on the existing tracks.’
    • ‘Using more pipe fittings, we rigged up a weather vane, and then we were ready to install the dish roof.’
    • ‘Liberty's dad had been so tired of yelling all through the house for his children, that he rigged up a telephone system to each room.’
    • ‘Various cars he'd wrecked littered the long drive and when I eventually found him he was riding a donkey over whose head he'd rigged up some wing mirrors.’
    • ‘Nasa had provided forceps and astronauts had rigged up a makeshift hacksaw for Robinson to use if the gap-fillers proved difficult to remove.’
    • ‘The police have rigged up lights to keep watch, ordered taxi drivers not to pick him up, seized his home computer and cut off his telephone.’
    • ‘He walked to a computer terminal, the display of which was rigged up to project its image onto a large white screen at the front of the briefing room.’
    • ‘The next day a still was rigged, using wood from the wings as fuel.’
    • ‘Many fans that can't afford a generator have rigged up their televisions to car batteries to beat the blackouts.’
    • ‘Surely he'd seen the commode in the corner of the dining room, because that thing was not completely hidden by the screen they had rigged up, no matter what Dottie said.’
    • ‘In fact, I heard him only after the dispute began over the private kitchen he had rigged up for himself.’
    • ‘Part of the pub has been sealed off to the form the ‘house’ and cameras have been rigged up, allowing fellow drinkers to monitor the progress of the contestants.’
    • ‘The poverty-stricken young Joe rigged up a make-do punchbag in his rickety garden shed.’
    • ‘Encased for months in plaster body casts, Kahlo began to paint lying in bed with a special easel rigged up by her mother.’
    set up hastily, erect hastily, assemble hastily, throw together, cobble together, put together, whip up, improvise, devise, contrive, jury-rig
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  • 3Provide (someone) with clothes of a particular type:

    ‘a cavalry regiment rigged out in green and gold’
    • ‘At the top end of the glen darts of sunshine poked through the billowing clouds and encouraged us to go for it and, fully rigged up in waterproofs, we were soon splashing our way up into the Lairig Eilde.’
    • ‘Hosannas to Ridley Scott, who made a star out of Sigourney Weaver by rigging her in a tight jumpsuit and launching her into space.’
    • ‘The man, upon seeing a knight rigged out in full armor sticking a lance in his face, fears for his life.’
    • ‘But I did laugh very merrily when the reception manager made his way around the courtyard diners, rigged up in full Father Christmas gear and gumboots five sizes too big.’
    • ‘Do the seven-day trip rigged out in ponchos and fleece chaps just like local cowboys.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It is intolerable that girl pupils should go into school rigged out in a dishcloth!’’
    • ‘Sure it's fun to get rigged up in some flapping strides and dance along to some dire disco every once in a while.’
    dress, attire, clothe, robe, garb, array, deck out, drape, accoutre, outfit, costume, get up, turn out, trick out, trick up
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noun

  • 1The particular way in which a sailing boat's masts, sails, and rigging are arranged:

    ‘a ketch rig’
    • ‘The rig is fractional and most boats were sold with a mainsail and 120% jib as standard equipment.’
    • ‘The object of their game was to identify the rigs on the sailboats which appeared.’
    • ‘They range from gaff rigs, Clyde Silver yachts and even a Custom's Pinnace.’
    • ‘The rig is a simple deck-stepped mast-head sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.’
    • ‘If you have decided to store your boat ashore during hurricane season, the only safe way to do it is to remove the rig, dig a hole, and set the boat in the hole resting on overlapping tyres.’
    • ‘She has 27 sails in a frigate rig on three masts and a bowsprit, with a total surface area of 2,683 square metres.’
    • ‘In the late 19th century there were frequent matches as it was a way of testing design and modifying sailing rigs for maximum performance.’
    • ‘The Finn, Europe and Laser have a single sail, while the 470 class has a two-sail rig.’
    • ‘He owned his first yacht when he was twenty four, a sailing dinghy with a rig of his own design, built in water-resistant ply - unusual for those days.’
    • ‘For these sailors, catboats offer one of the simplest of all sailing rigs to manage.’
    • ‘The sailing rig is hypothetical and based on Roman practice.’
    • ‘The radial consists of a 5.76 square metre sail area compared to the regular rig of 7.06.’
    1. 1.1 The sail, mast, and boom of a windsurfer:
      ‘the stronger the wind, the later you release the rig’
      • ‘Having lost his sail and rig, he was found curled around a buoy clinging to his board by a coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent.’
      • ‘Rent a rig at Windsurfing Hatteras, which also offers kiteboarding lessons.’
      • ‘Mowday, who runs a factory in central Taiwan producing parts for windsurfing rigs and snowboard bindings, became one of the first to pioneer sailing in Penghu when he began windsurfing there six or seven years ago.’
      • ‘My 13-year-old son has no problem with balance and control on his windsurfing rig, but I struggle to stay on the board, never mind hauling up the sail, when I usually fall in!’
      • ‘Windsurfing International was an American company which had a patent for the rig used on a windsurfer.’
  • 2A device or piece of equipment designed for a particular purpose:

    ‘a lighting rig’
    • ‘Great rigs, especially for gaming, are a synergy between the tower and a host of other peripherals.’
    • ‘To supply warships at sea the ship has three main refuelling rigs and a crane rig for smaller vessels, and the vessel also has a large flight deck and hangar facilities for Merlin helicopters.’
    • ‘Both of these concealment rigs are available for the Colt Single Action and I use both of them frequently.’
    • ‘Supporting six platoons - each platoon loaded with 18 sets of diving rigs, dive team members have their work cut out for them.’
    • ‘If you really want to get crazy, then you can set up two MIDI keyboards and use them in the dual-manual fashion with a foot-pedal rig to play bass, just like the genuine article.’
    • ‘This hard-bitten Philadelphia holster maker operates a classic one-man-shop specializing in extremely well-made and practically designed carry rigs.’
    • ‘CMS, based at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Little Germany, provided the ATA Carnet documents for the lighting rigs, sound systems, stage sets and costumes.’
    • ‘It makes it easier for Baker Marine to make these rigs for their clients with our help.’
    • ‘Either rig will capture most of the toxic dust sanding generates - but not all of it.’
    • ‘The second rig is a paternoster which can be used with dead or live baits.’
    • ‘Since these were to be gaming rigs their specification was suitably high.’
    • ‘Costs about a grand, but you can make your guitar sound like literally anything; from basses to the specific rigs of your favourite guitarist; from a keyboard to your own customised wall of squalling white noise and feedback.’
    • ‘Plans for the gallery are to create a new exhibition space behind the main entrance, complete with a lighting rig and new wall.’
    • ‘Next comes the lighting rig: spotlights, blinkers, winkers, everything but lasers, blazing like Luna Park.’
    • ‘Melancholy fills the air as cables and lighting rigs are dismantled.’
    • ‘However, the American-style performance will surely work well under the slick lighting and sound rigs of a purpose-built theatre and the high element of audience participation should jolly everyone along.’
    • ‘Look a bit further and you will find a whole host of lighting rigs, sound booms, directors, camera men and wardrobe ladies all huddled around a monitor as they watch the latest medical emergency unfold.’
    • ‘The rig used by Stephen Hilder was a popular standard design.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, PC gamers were getting their first gander at Doom 3, and collectively wondering just how much they would need to upgrade their rigs in order to be able to run the thing.’
    • ‘The theatre's lighting rig and other equipment are included in the sale.’
    apparatus, appliance, piece of equipment, tool, machine, device, tackle, gear, mechanism, outfit, plant, kit, implement, utensil, instrument, contraption, contrivance, gadget, structure, system
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    1. 2.1 An oil rig or drilling rig:
      ‘the North Sea rigs’
      • ‘But there is a bigger threat to their industry that may prove harder to disarm - the risk that fishermen jump ship for high wages on the rigs.’
      • ‘Production was cut at its rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and at onshore refineries such as Texas City, which was also the scene of a fatal fire in March.’
      • ‘It was established that the East London crew was the closest helicopter team capable of landing on the rig.’
      • ‘Traders were hoping that Wednesday's US petroleum inventories report would suggest how badly the young Atlantic hurricane season had hurt production at offshore rigs.’
      • ‘Work boats will service the rig from the Geraldton Port, while the helicopters will be based at Geraldton Airport.’
      • ‘About 100 workers at five Tarananki onshore oil and gas exploration rigs in New Zealand's central North Island returned to work on November 21.’
      • ‘Though they are not ships, oil and gas rigs in the ocean, and transoceanic cables too, are as worthy of naval attack and defense as any ship might be.’
      • ‘When he went there, Chesebrough noticed that roughnecks who worked the rigs were maddened by a gelatinous black gunk that clogged up their drills.’
      • ‘Huge wages were paid to men on the rigs in those days, and were the envy of us landlubbers.’
      • ‘But it's interesting to see the number of rigs piling up in the Cromarty Firth.’
      • ‘Salvors plan to install a rig on to the seabed next to the vessel to speed up the clearance process.’
      • ‘The development of onshore power generation facilities for rigs is also being pushed forward to free up offshore gas for sale - previously platforms would have used their own supply to power themselves.’
      • ‘The rig is on contract from Diamond Offshore Drilling in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘US warships escorted Iraqi oil tankers and assisted attacks on Iranian rigs.’
      • ‘The US Coast Guard said at least seven rigs are adrift, while eight refineries have shut down.’
      • ‘Lead anodes also have high resistance to corrosion by seawater, making them economical to use in systems for the cathodic protection of ships and offshore rigs.’
      • ‘Oil prices shot up nearly US $1.50 a barrel yesterday as oil and natural gas producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘The 324-ft-high rigs tower over the Portland waterfront.’
      • ‘He's part of a team studying whether the growing number of gas rigs is driving the birds away and hastening their decline.’
      • ‘Even a relatively small leak in the pipelines that carry oil and gas from offshore rigs to onshore facilities could leave hundreds of miles of coastline on Alaska's North Slope awash in oil.’
    2. 2.2 (in CB and short-wave radio) a transmitter and receiver:
      ‘the CB rig in the car was on channel 20’
      • ‘Typically, a rig consists of a wireless radio transmitter used by the coach, and a wireless transceiver used by the speaker.’
      • ‘While the others selected their weapons, Williams opened a toolbox full of encrypted Motorola multi-bandwidth radios, with throat-mike rigs.’
      • ‘The only thing not always attached to the rig is the carrier for the portable radio, furnished by Motorola for their radios.’
      • ‘Many of us in younger years rebuilt surplus Motorola rigs for ham radio, and knew we could always get replacement parts, no matter how old, from Motorola.’
    3. 2.3 A set of amplifiers and speakers used by a live band or a DJ in a club.
      • ‘A unit like the MQ will separate your system from the typical home studio rig.’
      • ‘Larger consoles, more equipment, a producer's desk for clients, keyboard rigs, and it must handle 5.1.’
      • ‘Whether in a guitar amp or a mic preamp, a high-gain circuit is the perfect rig for noise tests.’
      • ‘At the end of the night, I check my tapes and unplug the rig.’
      • ‘Just because you have an 02R or a Pro Tools rig doesn't make you a recording studio!’
      • ‘Guitar is 57 on the left rig, and a 57 and 88 on the right rig.’
      • ‘If you need an integrated, automatable audio test rig, dScope is something to look at.’
      • ‘I place the rig behind the piano onstage, right next to my splitter box, set the levels at soundcheck and we're good to go.’
    4. 2.4 A particular type of construction for fishing tackle that bears the bait and hook:
      ‘the set-up with the smaller hook is free of lead and known as a free-line rig’
      • ‘Masking the hook and rig becomes essential to ensure the bait lands safely on the bottom.’
      • ‘Smaller two-hook rigs baited with fresh shrimp will take all the bottom feeders, which really come out to play as the tide drops off around low and high water.’
      • ‘Fishing these rigs and baits is simple, tap the bottom with your sinker, reel up four or five turns and wait for the bite.’
      • ‘Look at the horizon when changing rigs or even baits, this will help’
      • ‘It is only then that I cast out my end rig baited with two floating crysalids.’
      • ‘Add a 2oz weight and switch to a one hook rig with the bait clip positioned normally just above the lead.’
      • ‘This is really because I tend to use a hair rig or bait band and use hard pellets.’
      • ‘Tackle, rigs, hook sizes are the same for both species of Smoothound.’
      • ‘In the third part of this series I am going to look at the rigs and terminal tackle that I use for bait fishing for pike.’
      • ‘As with most heavily fished waters, the Carp in these lakes have seen most types of rigs and bait.’
      • ‘As for the bronzies, tackle and tactics could not have been more simple; fish baits, hugely simple rigs, no distance casting and plenty of action.’
      • ‘A lot of serious bream and tench anglers use double hook rigs and biggish leads.’
      • ‘The only rig worth considering for both beach and rock fishing is a pulley rig.’
      • ‘At the end of the day my philosophy has always been to never take any short cuts with baits or rigs.’
      • ‘I had fished this for carp, and caught quite a few tench on boiled baits and carp rigs.’
      • ‘Davy baited up the skate rigs with whole mackerel, and we dropped them over the side.’
      • ‘So there we have three basic bait fishing rigs for pike that between them will cover most of our bait fishing situations.’
      • ‘Even with very careful baiting, using the very best baits and most effective rigs, these fish are a real devil to catch.’
      • ‘I am also going to look in detail at the approach I take to my pike fishing and the tackle and rigs that I use.’
      • ‘Adrian then arrived to help me set up the livebait rigs for the cats.’
  • 3A person's costume, outfit, or style of dress:

    ‘the rig of the American Army Air Corps’
    • ‘After the briefing, the pilots suit up in their combat survival vests and helmets, a rig carefully prepared and inspected by the life-support crew.’
    • ‘The first is black and floral-carved, so the new rig was ordered in a tan basketweave finish, with a belt sans cartridge loops.’
    • ‘When it comes to outfitting ladies with the right rig, sometimes it's not so much the holster as the belt.’
    • ‘Officers and sailors who normally wear winter rig came to work in jeans, brightly coloured shirts and for some, riding boots.’
    • ‘A number of them also enjoyed a soak in an onsen - a natural hot spring - where tradition dictates that birthday suit is the required rig.’
    • ‘One of my escorts relieved me of my revolver and thrust it into the belt of his field rig, then the soldiers urged me with their rifles towards the door.’
    • ‘Women who come to your store looking for cowboy rigs want quality products that accurately reflect the glory days of the cowboy.’
    • ‘Westminster was also testing the Navy's new Improved Action Working Dress, a rig which is for use on board while on duty.’
    uniform, costume, ensemble, outfit, suit, livery, attire, clothes, clothing, garments, dress, garb, regimentals, accoutrements, regalia, finery, trappings, disguise
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  • 4North American Australian NZ A truck.

    • ‘He is a licensed pilot and often travels the state in his plane; he also holds a commercial drivers' license, enabling him to drive buses and big rigs.’
    • ‘Eastwood stages a great car chase between himself and a big rig carrying expensive automobiles.’
    • ‘A man in a semi-truck pulled his big rig to the side of the road, and asked us where we were headed.’
    • ‘I have to use the roads too and don't want this guy driving a big rig or a school bus.’
    • ‘You can haul a mini-excavator or track loader almost anywhere on a small trailer pulled by a good pickup truck, saving the cost of a tractor rig and a commercial driver's license.’
    • ‘Four moving vans, two rigs, a dump trailer, and a front loader, which the seller owns, are included in the price.’
    • ‘More than 20 states have introduced anti-idling laws that were written primarily to stop truckers from leaving their rigs idling for long periods.’
    • ‘He was scolded, ended up in the cab of a big rig with this man he slightly knew, under a clear sky on the straight desert interstate.’
    • ‘Semi tractor-trailer rigs have dryers on the fuel lines to eliminate water and contain large fuel filters.’
    • ‘We have cars, trucks, dune buggies, motorcycles, rigs and tanks.’
    • ‘His company runs six tractor-trailer rigs, all five-axle dump trucks.’
    • ‘Several managers at grocery and drug stores say they are content to let Pepsi representatives back their rigs up to the loading dock, haul in the cases and put them on the shelves.’

Phrases

  • (in) full rig

    • informal (wearing) smart or ceremonial clothes.

      • ‘‘When I saw the Mexican army up on the hill there and there I was in my full rig - with my flintlock rifle - it got kind of spooky,’ he added.’
      • ‘Trevor ap Patnarthur observed by email that ‘most Brits who went to downtown schools will be aware that a Surd is in fact a Sikh who wears the full rig.’’

Origin

Late 15th century (in nautical use): perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare with Norwegian rigga bind or wrap up. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

rig

/rɪɡ/

Main definitions of rig in English

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rig2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Manage or conduct (something) fraudulently so as to gain an advantage:

    ‘the results of the elections had been rigged’
    ‘charges of vote-rigging’
    • ‘They claim that the poll was rigged, distorted, or a flat out lie.’
    • ‘Yet prosecutors accuse the jailed tycoon of rigging an auction to gain control of Apatit a decade ago and then failing to pay the bid of US $283 million.’
    • ‘What Davis described in his speech, a nationwide drive to overturn elections and rig the political system, is a deadly serious matter.’
    • ‘Thousands of protesters rallied today, north of Baghdad, in the Sunni city of Samarra, charging the vote was rigged and demanding new elections.’
    • ‘Once you have the positional advantage you have rigged the race so you can't lose.’
    • ‘In villages where the population density is relatively low, he hopes observers would also manage to check whether voters' lists are rigged.’
    • ‘Fiddling became fraud when enrolments were rigged.’
    • ‘Spitzer recently investigated bid rigging in the insurance field.’
    • ‘It had started out pretty innocently; a trick glass here, a rigged deck of cards there.’
    • ‘These individuals are thought of as having rigged the system to gain control of the country's petroleum wealth.’
    • ‘They're also alleging that she rigged last year's election.’
    • ‘The MDC, along with Britain, the European Union and the US, has refused to accept the results, saying voting was rigged and influenced by violence and intimidation.’
    • ‘America has a long history of vote tampering and rigged elections in many local jurisdictions.’
    • ‘We must rescue the political institutions of all nations from the corruption of corporate power, which rigs elections, distorts fair trade within and between nations, and puts profits before humanity.’
    • ‘He insisted that the parliamentary poll was free from political interference, but promised to investigate allegations of vote rigging.’
    • ‘He could be installed again, or his thugs may rig some things in his favor, but that's all different.’
    • ‘The result was forged turnout figures and rigged elections.’
    • ‘West Yorkshire police said further arrests were expected as part of an ongoing investigation into ballot rigging in the Bradford area.’
    • ‘The elections were so clearly rigged that six of the main opposition parties made a joint declaration on election day denouncing electoral fraud and withdrawing their candidates.’
    • ‘Voting - notoriously viewed as being regularly rigged in Europe - will be in the hands of viewers.’
    manipulate, arrange fraudulently, interfere with, influence, gerrymander, juggle, massage, distort, misrepresent, pervert, manoeuvre, tamper with, tinker with, doctor
    falsify, forge, fake, engineer, trump up
    fix, cook
    fiddle
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    1. 1.1 Cause an artificial rise or fall in prices in (the stock market) with a view to personal profit:
      ‘he accused games firms of rigging the market’
      • ‘King refers to his associate John Crudele's writing on the subject of how the stock market was to be rigged.’
      • ‘So much so that the market, when not rigged by the banks or the government, would make the spread practically zero.’
      • ‘The government alleges that they got together and rigged commodity markets of their own volition.’
      • ‘From experience, the rest of us are more likely to conclude that markets are very likely to be rigged or gamed, and prone to collapse.’
      • ‘Some markets are more obviously rigged than others.’
      • ‘The most serious forms of cartel identified by the authority were price-fixing, bid rigging and market sharing by competitors.’
      • ‘Experts argue that share prices were effectively artificially rigged, which is why there has been no recovery.’
      • ‘In a world such as this, it would be all so evident, the extent to which markets have been surreptitiously rigged already.’
      • ‘But is this crisis due to rigged markets for medical insurance as well?’
      • ‘Classic market rules, supply and demand considerations don't work in textbook fashion in a rigged market that is routinely manipulated by global central banks.’
      • ‘Not the global free market, but a rigged version, which favours the already rich and powerful, and is policed by their institutions, on their terms.’
      • ‘In early June, the Feds indicted him for allegedly designing the schemes that rigged the California power market.’
      • ‘This means that renewable energy producers are being asked to compete in a rigged market.’
      • ‘At no point, until two Senators called their bluff on Monday, did the bright sparks at The Economist magazine or DARPA acknowledge that such a market could be rigged.’
      • ‘This paper shows how Pentagon and other U.S. government contractors are rigging stock markets world wide through massive, coordinated, selective investments.’
      • ‘That means the U.S. can simply ignore Chinese data on costs on the assumption they are distorted by subsidized loans, rigged markets, and the controlled yuan.’
      • ‘Other agents say their own negotiating strategies were a pragmatic response to a market they perceive as rigged.’
      • ‘According to John Lewis, which had the backing of Comet and Tempo in its criticisms, the deals were an attempt to rig the home PC market and could result in price hikes for British shoppers.’
      • ‘U.S. stock markets are also capable of being systematically rigged, and for the same reason - a handful of players can dominate if they coordinate their actions.’

noun

archaic
  • A trick or swindle.

Origin

Late 18th century (in the noun sense): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

rig

/rɪɡ/