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I was reading feedback about the television show Survivor, and some people wrote that this show was "fixed". I could not understand or make a guess what they meant.

I searched on the Internet but I did not find any example or definition, either. Can you tell me its definition and when I can use it?

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-1 Voting to close as GR. –  Kris Nov 29 '12 at 7:19
    
Meaning of fixed. –  Matt Эллен Nov 29 '12 at 11:13
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closed as general reference by Kris, Matt Эллен, Hellion, MετάEd, tchrist Dec 18 '12 at 16:46

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It's a synonym for "rigged" in this sense.

Rig: v. To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain. "The judges rigged the boxing match so Slow Foot Joe would win.

They're saying that Survivor, a supposedly authentic survival program, is planned in advance, perhaps scripted, to look more interesting, to create more conflict, to induce more horrified reactions from the viewing audience, etc.

Technically, it is, but the usage of fixed implies that the fixing is done at the cost of the show's authenticity.

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Why rig when fixed is defined? english.stackexchange.com/a/92708/14666 –  Kris Nov 29 '12 at 7:18
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You could have searched in a dictionary too :)

Fixed:

(of a sports contest) having the outcome dishonestly predetermined:
the fight’s fixed—the ref has your card marked

You can use it to refer to any contest which has had its "outcome dishonestly predetermined". It can be used in relation to everything from elections to beauty pageants. A related term is price-fixing.

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"I searched on the Internet" -- "in a dictionary too": dictionaries, too, are on the Net! So, GR. –  Kris Nov 29 '12 at 7:15
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