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 Rift in the Lute (A).Rig-Marie. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rig.
 
A piece of fun, a practical joke. The Scotch say of a man who indulges in intoxication, “He goes the rig.” The same word is applied in Scotland to a certain portion or division of a field. A wanton used to be called a rig. (French, se rigoler, to make merry.)   1
       
“He little thought when he set out
Of running such a rig.”
       
Cowper: John Gilpin.
   Rig. To dress; whence rigged out, to rig oneself, to rig a ship, well-rigged, etc. (Anglo-Saxon, wrigan, to dress; hrœgl, a garment.)   2
        “Jack was rigged out in his gold and silver lace, with a feather in his cap.”—L’Estrange.
 


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