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Definition of McGyverism



  • A novel solution to a difficult problem which would be ingenious if not for the fact that it has a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding.

    After hero of American TV series McGyver, who regularly solved impossible problems by applying novel scientific principles. He usually underestimated the effectiveness of his solutions by many orders of magnitude, but miraculously always succeeded.

    Last edited on May 16 2011. Submitted by Philip J. from WA, USA on Sep 09 2005.

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