Meaning of jury-rig

ju•ry-rig

Pronunciation: ( joor'ē-rig"), [key]
— n., v., -rigged, -rig•ging.
—n.
  1. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
  2. any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.
—v.t.
  1. to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, esp. for temporary use: to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
  2. to replace (a rudder, mast, etc.) with a jury-rig: We jury-rigged a fore-topmast after the storm had snapped ours off.
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