rig

When you rig something, you connect parts in a way that's so crazy it just might work. You could rig your jeans by using a paper clip to replace a button that pops.

Rig can also describe deceiving people to achieve a certain outcome. Voting multiple times, purposely miscounting the number of votes a person received, even throwing out certain people's votes: these are all ways to rig an election. Outraged people say, "The election was fixed!" This doesn't mean it was repaired; it means it was rigged — fraud played a role in the outcome.

Primary Meanings of rig

1.
vn
equip with sails or masts
formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
2.
vn
manipulate in a fraudulent manner
the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
3.
n
a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
Full Definitions of rig
1

v equip with sails or masts

rig a ship”
Synonyms:
set, set up
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

v connect or secure to

“They rigged the bomb to the ignition”
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

n formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel

Synonyms:
rigging
Types:
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Bermuda rig, Bermudan rig, Bermudian rig, Marconi rig
a rig of triangular sails for a yacht
cat rig
rig of a catboat
fore-and-aft rig
rig in which the principal sails are fore-and-aft
lateen-rig
the rig on a lateen-rigged sailing vessel
Type of:
formation
a particular spatial arrangement

n gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise

Types:
drill rig, drilling rig, oil rig, oilrig
rig used in drilling for oil or gas
drilling platform, offshore rig
drilling rig consisting of an offshore platform (floating or fixed to the sea bed) from which many oil wells can be bored radially
Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

n gear used in fishing

Synonyms:
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle
Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

n a set of clothing (with accessories)

Synonyms:
getup, outfit, turnout
Types:
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bib-and-tucker
an attractive outfit
ensemble
a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
playsuit
a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse
trousseau
the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens
sailor suit
a boy's ensemble; copied from a sailor's uniform
Type of:
attire, dress, garb
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
2

v manipulate in a fraudulent manner

rig prices”
Synonyms:
manipulate
Type of:
price
determine the price of

v arrange the outcome of by means of deceit

rig an election”
Synonyms:
set up
Type of:
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

n the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

Synonyms:
cheat, swindle
Types:
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cozenage, scam
a fraudulent business scheme
bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting
a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
pyramiding
a fraudulent business practice involving some form of pyramid scheme e.g., the chain of distribution is artificially expanded by an excessive number of distributors selling to other distributors at progressively higher wholesale prices until retail prices are unnecessarily inflated
holdout
the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
swiz
British slang for a swindle
shell game, thimblerig
a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under
sting operation
a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
Type of:
fraud
intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
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n a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together

Synonyms:
articulated lorry, semi, tractor trailer, trailer truck, trucking rig
Types:
tandem trailer
trucking rig with two trailers in tandem
Type of:
motortruck, truck
an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

n a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses

Synonyms:
carriage, equipage
Types:
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barouche
a horse-drawn carriage having four wheels; has an outside seat for the driver and facing inside seats for two couples and a folding top
brougham
light carriage; pulled by a single horse
buckboard
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; has a seat attached to a flexible board between the two axles
buggy, roadster
a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse
cab, cabriolet
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood
caroche
a luxurious carriage suitable for nobility in the 16th and 17th century
chaise, shay
a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
chariot
a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
clarence
a closed carriage with four wheels and seats for four passengers
coach, coach-and-four, four-in-hand
a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
droshky, drosky
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used in Poland and Russia
gharry
a horse-drawn carriage in India
gig
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
hackney, hackney carriage, hackney coach
a carriage for hire
hansom, hansom cab
a two-wheeled horse-drawn covered carriage with the driver's seat above and behind the passengers
landau
a four-wheel covered carriage with a roof divided into two parts (front and back) that can be let down separately
post chaise
closed horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used to transport passengers and mail
stanhope
a light open horse-drawn carriage with two or four wheels and one seat
surrey
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; has two or four seats
trap
a light two-wheeled carriage
troika
a Russian carriage pulled by three horses abreast
four-wheeler
a hackney carriage with four wheels
remise
an expensive or high-class hackney
stage, stagecoach
a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns
Type of:
horse-drawn vehicle
a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses

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