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    The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    The problem that Israel faces is a price-control system that warrants constantly raising prices in line with the global wheat and fuel markets. One option the country has is to pump public funds into subsidies for bakeries to bring down the cost of bread. But government-subsidized bread is likely to be sub-standard since there is no incentive to the baker to produce a good product. This type of jerry-rigging is not a long-term solution.



    Does "jerry-rigging" means short-lived or random?

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    Re: The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    The problem that Israel faces is a price-control system that warrants constantly raising prices in line with the global wheat and fuel markets. One option the country has is to pump public funds into subsidies for bakeries to bring down the cost of bread. But government-subsidized bread is likely to be sub-standard since there is no incentive to the baker to produce a good product. This type of jerry-rigging is not a long-term solution.



    Does "jerry-rigging" means short-lived or random?
    Hello, Odessa.
    "jerry-rigging" in your sentence is used as a noun (gerund).
    I found "jerry-rigged" here: Jerry-rigged - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    I hope you can grasp the idea.

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    Re: The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    "Jerry-rigging" is when you temporarily fix something, using what you have at hand versus what the proper repair might require. An example would be using a piece of wire or cloth to tie on a muffler that is falling off of your car.

    It's not the real solution, but it does the job right now.

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    Re: The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Jerry-rigging" is when you temporarily fix something, using what you have at hand versus what the proper repair might require. An example would be using a piece of wire or cloth to tie on a muffler that is falling off of your car.

    It's not the real solution, but it does the job right now.
    I haven't met it in Br Eng; it sounds to me like a conflation of two expressions with slightly different meanings: 'gG*erry-built' (which applies to temporary fixes, but also suggests bad workmanship), and 'jury-rigging' (what a sailing ship uses to get to the nearest port after it has been badly damageed after an accident or a storm - for example, the top half of the main-mast is broken off, so they use a smaller sail fixed to the top of the stump). Maybe it is used in Br Eng, but if so I haven't come across it.

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    PS * Corrected after seeing this.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Aug-2012 at 21:24. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    I thought it was jury-rigged as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The meaning of "jerry-rigging"

    I would use "jury-rigging," but I think both are used interchangeably.

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