Definition of jury-rigged in US English:



  • 1(of a ship) having temporary makeshift rigging.

    • ‘Then, with a jury-rigged boat, she slowly made her way to the French owned Kerguelan Islands which were 1200 miles to the west and 2500 miles southwest of The Cape of Good Hope.’
    • ‘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.’
    temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and ready
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    1. 1.1North American Makeshift; improvised.
      ‘jury-rigged classrooms in gymnasiums’
      • ‘As a domain of research, the de facto mental health system bristles with unsettled questions, conflicting interests, and jury-rigged resolutions.’
      • ‘Would you be smiling if you were riding in a jury-rigged truck that had an emergency evacuation button and a giant tank of highly flammable hydrogen fuel behind the seat?’
      • ‘Darwin understood that the most convincing evidence for evolution was in the imperfection of nature and the jury-rigged structure of adaptation.’
      • ‘The mines were intended as anti-personnel devices, jury-rigged claymores.’
      • ‘It would, however, be unjust to the victims of atrocity to let the perpetrators of the crimes against them go free on such a cynically jury-rigged technicality as ‘victor's justice.’’
      • ‘You look at them anatomically, and they're a hodgepodge of little quirks and jury-rigged adaptations that work.’
      • ‘But problems like that can indicate a more serious one - that the database isn't answering the needs of the people it's supposed to serve without jury-rigged changes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm half-convinced that the Electricity Board sends people out to turn the power off when it rains, so that the jury-rigged electric boxes, with all their exposed wires, don't get flooded and begin to spark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The machinery consists of jury-rigged turntables that mechanically drive drumsticks to beat against paint cans, gourds and other noise-making objects.’
      • ‘In short, the vertebrate eye is a masterpiece not of design, but of jury-rigged compensations for a fundamentally defective architecture.’
      • ‘Reynolds, in particular, makes use of this jury-rigged stringer system to alert his readers to articles that would otherwise go unnoticed.’
      • ‘At once monumental and fragile, it brought to mind the jury-rigged shacks constructed from cast-off materials found in every township or slum area.’
      impromptu, extempore, extemporary, extemporaneous, expedient, emergency, improvised, rough and ready, makeshift, make-do, cobbled together, thrown together
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Late 18th century: jury perhaps based on Old French ajurie ‘aid’.