contraption
Pronunciation
  • (RP, America) IPA: /kənˈtɹæp.ʃən/
Noun

contraption (plural contraptions)

  1. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
  2. (figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      “Yes, sir, if that was the language of love, I'll eat my hat,” said the blood relation, alluding, I took it, to the beastly straw contraption in which she does her gardening, concerning which I can only say that it is almost as foul as Uncle Tom's Sherlock Holmes deerstalker, which has frightened more crows than any other lid in Worcestershire.
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