jig

jig
jig
jig1 [jig]
n.
[prob. < MFr giguer, to gambol, dance < gigue, a fiddle < MHG giga (akin to ON gigja) < OHG * gigan (> Ger dial. geigen), to move back and forth]
1.
a) a fast, springy sort of dance, usually in triple time
b) the music for such a dance
2. any of various fishing lures that are jiggled up and down in the water
3. any of several mechanical devices operated in a jerky manner, as a sieve for separating ores, a pounding machine, or a drill
4. a device, often with metal surfaces, used as a guide for a tool or as a template
vi., vt.
jigged, jigging [< ? giguer: see JIG1 the n.]
1. to dance or perform (a jig) or to dance in jig style
2. to move jerkily and quickly up and down or to and fro
3. to use a jig (on) in working
4. to fish or catch (a fish) with a jig
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☆ in jig time
Informal very quickly
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☆ the jig is up
Slang that ends it; all chances for success are gone: said of a risky or improper activity
jig2 [jig]
n.
Slang BLACK (n. 5): a hostile and offensive term

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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