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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.]
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|Noun||1.||jerry-builder - someone who builds cheap buildings out of poor materials on speculation for a quick profit|
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