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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.
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Word Origin and History for more jerry built

jerry-built

adj.

1869, in which jerry has a sense of "bad, defective," probably a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry (a popular form of Jeremy; cf. Jerry-sneak, mid-19c., "sneaking fellow, a hen-pecked husband" [OED]). Or from or influenced by nautical slang jury "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects (see jury (adj.)).

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