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Topic: VOTING

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: rig 'trick' (18-19 centuries).
Sense: 3
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

rig

1 verb
     
rig1 past tense and past participle rigged, present participle rigging [transitive]
1PPV to dishonestly arrange the result of an election or competition before it happens [= fix]:
Some international observers have claimed the election was rigged.
2 if people rig prices or rig financial markets, they unfairly agree with each other the prices that will be charged [= fix; ↪ cartel]:
Two of the largest oil companies have been accused of rigging prices.
Some investors feel that the market is rigged.
3 [usually passive]TTW to put ropes, sails etc on a ship:
The ship was fully rigged and ready to sail.

rig somebody ↔ out

phrasal verb
DCC to dress someone in special or unusual clothes:
young children who are rigged out in designer clothes

rig something ↔ up

phrasal verb
TBC to make a piece of equipment, furniture etc quickly from objects that you find around you:
We rigged up a simple shower at the back of the cabin.
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