A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
—v. (-gg-) 1 provide (a ship) with sails, rigging, etc.
- (often foll. By out, up) fit with clothes or other equipment.
- (foll. By up) set up hastily or as a makeshift.
- assemble and adjust the parts of (an aircraft). —n. - arrangement of a ship's masts, sails, etc.
- equipment for a special purpose, e.g. A radio transmitter.
- = *oil rig.
- colloq. Style of dress; uniform (in full rig). rigged adj. (also in comb.). [perhaps from scandinavian]
- —v. (-gg-) manage or fix (a result etc.) Fraudulently (rigged the election). —n. Trick, dodge, or way of swindling. rig the market cause an artificial rise or fall in prices. rigger n. [origin unknown]
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