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At the end, the aliens are tricked into getting back aboard their spaceship, which has been rigged with explosives.

If I replace "rigged" with "filled," what meanings are missing from the original sentence? Thanks.
  • mjscott

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Rigged" means "equipped" more-or-less. In the above statement, it is inferred that the "good guys" rigged (or equipped while hiding) the space ship with explosives. Something can be rigged up to work, or your car can be quite a rig--with all the bells-and-whistes that make it come in on the high end of the blue book.

    However, I would not use filled as a replacement for rigged.
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