MEANING: verb tr.: To assemble or fix temporarily using whatever is at hand.

ETYMOLOGY: On a sailing ship, a jury-mast is a temporary mast, rigged when the original is damaged or lost. From jury (makeshift or temporary), perhaps from Old French ajurie (help). Earliest documented use: 1840.

JULY-RIG - stand and mounting brackets used to launch a fireworks display

JUDY RIG - Outfit for one of the puppets in a Punch-and-Judy show

JURY-WIG - a special toupée used only in a formal British jury trial (see also JURY-RUG, worn at not-quite-as-formal settings)