a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
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A machine that is complicated and precarious.
Any object referred to with irony, derision, or contempt.
Origin: Originally a Western US English dialectical word. origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion
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Contraption is an American game show and one of the original programs on the Disney Channel, which ran from April 18, 1983 to January 9, 1988 and again from March 8 to October 25, 1989. The show was hosted by actor/comedian Ralph Harris and announced by Miranda Fredricks.