jerrybuilt

jerry-built

[jer-ee-bilt]
adjective
1.
built cheaply and flimsily.
2.
contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.

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

jerry-built, jury-rigged.


1. ramshackle, rickety, shoddy, slipshod.
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jerry-build

[jer-ee-bild]
verb (used with object), jerry-built, jerry-building.
to build cheaply and flimsily.

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

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

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jerry-built
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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