built cheaply and flimsily.
contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.

1865–70; jerry (as in jerry-build) + built

jerry-built, jury-rigged.

1. ramshackle, rickety, shoddy, slipshod. Unabridged


verb (used with object), jerry-built, jerry-building.
to build cheaply and flimsily.

1880–85; back formation from jerry-builder. See jerry2, build

jerry-builder, noun Unabridged
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vb , -builds, -building, -built
(tr) to build (houses, flats, etc) badly using cheap materials

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Word Origin & History

1869, Eng. dial. jerry "bad, defective," a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry (a popular form of Jeremy), or from naut. slang jury "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects (see jury (adj.)).
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Example sentences
The tenants on the upper floors jerry-built kitchens, gardens, even bathrooms
  on the rooftops.
The trouble is that no such exit now exists, and the one being hastily
  constructed has a jerry-built feel to it.
Well, there is always demolition and construction work in the city, with
  jerry-built dormitories on site.
But there's a jerry-built climax and a prolonged, tiresome post-climax.
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