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noun 
  1. A double-ended vessel, generally of stainless steel or other metal, one end of which typically measures 1 1/2 fluid ounces, the other typically 1 fluid ounce.
  2. One who jigs.
  3. A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  4. (context, pottery) A device for producing flatware.
  5. (context, textiles) A device used in the dyeing of cloth.
  6. A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera.
  7. (context, sports, archaic) A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  8. An ingenious device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes. It consists of a plank of wood with an arm on it with a sharp metal tooth on the end of the arm. A rope is tied to the arm which, when pulled, propels the plank along the underside of the ice because the tooth catches the ice. Releasing the rope allows the tooth to sink away from the ice, and when the rope is tightened again, the tooth grabs the ice farther along, allowing the jigger to crawl along the underside of the ice.
verb 
  1. To alter or adjust, particularly in ways not originally intended.
You'll have to it from the original specifications to get it to work.
  1. (context, pottery) To use a jigger.
     
johnny house Tweet Definition of johnny house Like Definition of johnny house on Facebook
noun 
  1. A privy, a pit toilet enclosed within a simple shelter, in North America traditionally made of wood. Usually it is an outbuilding to a habitable structure. Also called john and outhouse.
     

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