percussive maintenance

Definitions

Electronics

  • The attempt to solve a hardware problem by slapping, banging, kicking, or otherwise assaulting the device, piece of equipment, or system in question. Rarely advisable, yet the occasional resetting of a loose connection via this method can justify an otherwise futile act.

Slang

  • noun striking something in an attempt to make it work. A jocular term used especially in the medical and other technical fields.
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