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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.]

jer′ry-build′er n.
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Noun1.jerry-building - construction of inferior buildings for a quick profit
building, construction - the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones; "their main business is home construction"; "workers in the building trades"
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[ˈdʒerɪˌbɪldɪŋ] Nmala construcción f, construcción f defectuosa
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