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jerry-built

[jer-ee-bilt] /ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪlt/
adjective
1.
built cheaply and flimsily.
2.
contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; jerry (as in jerry-build) + built
Can be confused
jerry-built, jury-rigged.
Synonyms
1. ramshackle, rickety, shoddy, slipshod.

jerry-build

[jer-ee-bild] /ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪld/
verb (used with object), jerry-built, jerry-building.
1.
to build cheaply and flimsily.
Origin
1880-85; back formation from jerry-builder. See jerry2, build
Related forms
jerry-builder, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jerrybuilt

jerry-build

verb -builds, -building, -built
1.
(transitive) to build (houses, flats, etc) badly using cheap materials
Derived Forms
jerry-builder, noun
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Word Origin and History for jerrybuilt
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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