1. Nautical. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
  2. any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.

verb (used with object), ju·ry-rigged, ju·ry-rig·ging.

  1. to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, especially for temporary use: to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
  2. Nautical. to replace (a rudder, mast, etc.) with a jury-rig: We jury-rigged a fore-topmast after the storm had snapped ours off.


  1. mainly nautical set up in a makeshift manner, usually as a result of the loss of regular gear
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