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jer·ry-build

 (jĕr′ē-bĭld′)
tr.v. jer·ry-built (-bĭlt′), jer·ry-build·ing, jer·ry-builds
To build shoddily, flimsily, and cheaply. See Usage Note at jury-rig.

[From dialectal jerry, defective, perhaps from the name Jerry.]

jer′ry-build′er n.

jer′ry-built`



adj.
1. built cheaply and flimsily; shoddy.
2. contrived or developed in a haphazard fashion.
[1865–70; jerry, of uncertain orig.]
jer′ry-build`, v.t. -built, -build•ing.
jer′ry-build`er, n.

jerry-built

- Is either from English dialect jerry, "bad, defective," a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry, or from nautical slang jury, "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects.
See also related terms for temporary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.jerry-built - of inferior workmanship and materials; "mean little jerry-built houses"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"

jerry-built

adjective ramshackle, cheap, faulty, shabby, defective, flimsy, rickety, thrown together, slipshod, unsubstantial Workers at the plant speak of jerry-built equipment.
substantial, sturdy, well-built, well-constructed
Translations

jerry-built

[ˈdʒerɪbɪlt] ADJmal construido, hecho con malos materiales

jerry-built

[ˈdʒɛribɪlt] adj [house] → en carton-pâtejerry can [ˈdʒɛri] nbidon m, jerrycan m
References in classic literature ?
They are jerry-builders who can fashion a toy, but nothing that is durable.
Well, jerry-builders wanted to maximise the amount of badly built dwellings they could put up quickly on as small a piece of land as possible.
Before we condemn the jerry-builders of the Third World too readily, it's worth remembering that England went through exactly the same transition throughout the early 19th century.