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.

Definitions of rig
  1. verb
    equip with sails or masts
    rig a ship”
    synonyms: set, set up
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    type of:
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  2. verb
    connect or secure to
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  3. noun
    formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
    synonyms: rigging
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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
    the rig on a lateen-rigged sailing vessel
    type of:
    a particular spatial arrangement
  4. noun
    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
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    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.
  5. noun
    gear used in fishing
    synonyms: fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle
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    appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  6. noun
    a set of clothing (with accessories)
    synonyms: getup, outfit, turnout
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    an attractive outfit
    a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
    a sports outfit for women or children; usually consists of shorts and a blouse
    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
  7. verb
    manipulate in a fraudulent manner
    rig prices”
    synonyms: manipulate
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    type of:
    determine the price of
  8. verb
    arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
    rig an election”
    synonyms: set up
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    type of:
    cheat, chisel
    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
  9. noun
    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
    synonyms: cheat, swindle
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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
    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
    the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
    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)
    the practice of sending deceptive emails to trick internet users into revealing confidential or personal information
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    intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
  10. noun
    a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
    synonyms: articulated lorry, semi, tractor trailer, trailer truck, trucking rig
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    tandem trailer
    trucking rig with two trailers in tandem
    type of:
    motortruck, truck
    an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
  11. noun
    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
    synonyms: carriage, equipage
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    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
    light carriage; pulled by a single horse
    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
    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
    a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
    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
    a horse-drawn carriage in India
    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
    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
    a light open horse-drawn carriage with two or four wheels and one seat
    a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; has two or four seats
    a light two-wheeled carriage
    a Russian carriage pulled by three horses abreast
    a hackney carriage with four wheels
    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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