One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who rigs or attends to the rigging of a sailing ship, aircraft, or parachute.
- ‘Jumps are made by parachute instructors and riggers from the PTS who volunteer their time after work to entertain.’
- ‘They also filled nontraditional billets as air traffic controllers, link trainers, mechanics, and parachute riggers.’
- ‘Recalling his experience of flying Oswald Mosley wrote, ‘once in the air you could do nothing about it if anything went wrong, on the ground the machine was looked after by our friends the mechanic and riggers.’’
- ‘Lining up alongside his sporting hero, two-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond, the parachute rigger had a bad first two days, scoring below his usual score.’
- ‘In addition to clerical work, they also filled positions as parachute riggers, mechanics, radio operators, mapmakers, and welders.’
- ‘Parachute riggers from the 82nd Airborne Division in February conducted the first airdrop of fuel to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.’
- ‘A competent rigger can easily replace parachute lines sewn directly to the parachute.’
- ‘Cpl Valdivia recommends that anyone considering a trade transfer to Rigger Parachute first contact a rigger to discuss the pros and cons of the job.’
- ‘The latest Parachute Riggers course has marched out from the Army Logistic Training Centre, making a total of 550 Army parachute riggers that have been trained since 1966.’
- ‘OC Parachute Maintenance Wing Capt Jimi Harcourt is responsible for the parachute riggers and all parachutes and related equipment.’
- ‘I assisted in Joe's camera work, assisted riggers, and ground control.’
- ‘The squadron is made up of air dispatchers, parachute riggers and support elements and is involved in pretty much everything everyone else does in the ADF.’
- ‘If it weren't for the parachute riggers' dedication to making sure aircrew have all their required equipment, in good condition, we would have lost a lot more pilots.’
- ‘‘All the riggers here know our role is crucial,’ said Munos.’
- ‘As a result, the parachute riggers are taking on more responsibility since they can now plan part of the flight's path.’
- ‘They also had Scott, a certified rigger, redesign their deployment procedure with a pull-out pilot chute system.’
- ‘Great credit is due to parachute rigger Michael Sandorse of the 486th Squadron.’
- ‘For similar reasons, one should not replace a bridle with a not original one: the parachute has been designed and tested as a whole and any repair should be made by the manufacturer or an approved rigger.’
- ‘Sgt Sylvia Connolly is a parachute rigger at PTS and is also the second female in 40 years to become a PJI.’
- ‘At times, cooks acted as supply specialists, water specialists conducted aviation hot-refuels, riggers worked as movement specialists, and mechanics fixed nonstandard vehicles.’
- 1.1 A person who erects and maintains scaffolding, lifting tackle, cranes, etc.
- ‘As a curious crowd gathered at the entrance to Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a team of riggers, steelworkers and Japanese art world figures went into action.’
- ‘First, the crane operator lowers the lifting beam with the rigging attached, and the riggers connect the cables to the lifting inserts.’
- ‘It would probably surprise many to know that Jones has had many careers, including some brief flings with such disassociated jobs as mailman, fireman, auto mechanic, and steel rigger.’
- ‘He worked at the circus as a rigger, putting up the big top.’
- ‘A rigger can knock a crane over as fast as a crane operator.’
- ‘The masking tape of the riggers had been a master-stroke.’
- ‘The riggers constructed their tree houses with a medieval-castle mentality.’
- ‘The banner drop from the Harbour Bridge was the product of a clandestine operation by riggers on Sydney's greatest landmark.’
- ‘Once the braces are secure and the panel is plumb, the crane slackens the cables, and the riggers disconnect the lifting hardware from the panels.’
- ‘About 200 building workers at three Gold Coast construction sites in Queensland walked off the job on February 11 after a rigger fell to his death the day before.’
- ‘A rigger tells the crane operator where to put the hook, when to lift, what to do.’
- ‘He heads up a team of around 100 riggers, technical staff, engineers, producers and studio managers who are bought together to work on for this live event.’
- ‘Sculptors, welders, and riggers create things to hang from, bounce off, and dance on.’
- ‘We might say of this enterprise that the work of the engineers and riggers is admirable, and might mean this in a sense that could be understood as aesthetic.’
- ‘The accident at the Narrabeen occurred when the rigger was unloading large steel structure - the lifting system failed and the structure collapsed and crushed the worker to death.’
- ‘The series of eight pictures that he completed from this time on the Clyde show many of the variously skilled craftsmen - including riggers, riveters and plumbers - at work in the yard.’
- ‘When the meeting point was reached and the winches stopped for the last time, riggers and welders made the perilous trip up the arch and got four steel joists to fit in the abutting edge.’
- ‘A team of around 100 people including riggers, broadcasters, producers, studio managers and other technical staff will be working together to produce the radio coverage.’
- 1.2 A person who works on or helps construct an oil rig.
- ‘Britain's worst oil-related disaster was the 1988 explosion and fire on the North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha off the Scottish coast, which killed 167 riggers.’
- ‘Oil riggers returning to Aberdeen can avoid the lengthy drive or train journey.’
- ‘A blatant transvestite of uncertain morality has been arrested after being reported most scantily dressed on Beach Road by shocked oil riggers on holiday.’
- ‘Cape Fear aside, for an accurate view of a 1970s art director that seems to ring as true for me as the oil riggers in Five Easy Pieces, check out Dustin Hoffman in Kramer Versus Kramer.’
- ‘Total, the oil and gas company, has arranged for a therapist from Allen Carr's Easyway - the company that helps smokers quit - to spend a few days on the North Sea rigs running stop-smoking courses for the riggers.’
- ‘Men dominate as artisans, mechanics, and oilfield riggers.’
- ‘All of which begs a question: how does a seasoned rigger who has spent years at Nigg, sometimes working more than 100 feet up on the steel legs of a giant oil platform, fit into Easter Ross's new industry?’
2An artist's long-haired sable brush.
- ‘I was reasonably restrained, confining myself to four new brushes - three sable and one synthetic, and the synthetic only because they don't seem to make riggers from sable anymore.’
3An outrigger carrying a rowlock on a racing rowboat.
- ‘A hole was also put in the boys' eight and somewhere on the drive one of the custom-made riggers for the girls' eight was lost.’
- ‘At the finish the shaven Tufte let out a small smile and gave the thumbs up while an exhausted Hacker slumped over his rigger.’
- ‘Leander Rowing club president Mark Lindstrom inspects the smashed and mangled riggers stolen from rowing boats recently after a regatta on the Buffalo River.’
- ‘Water bottles are jettisoned on to the bank, rigger nuts squeezed to check they won't rattle (I have a small spanner in case there's a problem).’
- ‘They have also changed to wing riggers that appear to work better in rough conditions.’
- ‘A new boat, with slightly elevated riggers to combat the expected choppiness of the lake in Athens.’
- ‘Gearoid Towey has handed in his pair riggers and joined single sculling champion, Sam Lynch of Ireland in the double and today they demonstrated that time in the boat is helping their speed.’
- ‘Rowing the distinctive black boat with riggers situated behind them Haver and Jarvis were well in control.’
- ‘As you edge into position, the kite has to be put up and away from the boat without tumbling into the fly-bridge, tangling the riggers or touching the water - normally the sea is too lumpy for someone to do this from the bow.’
- ‘David Hird won first prize in the Wharfedale Audi Young Designer of the Year competition after designing a quick-release boat rigger attachment for rowing boats.’
A person who fraudulently manipulates something so as to produce a result or situation to their advantage.
- ‘Vote riggers would simply give people pre-marked ballots and watch as they deposited them into the voting box.’
- ‘The close on the market indicates everything is getting away from the riggers.’
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