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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
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