jerry-builder
noun see jerry-build

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Jerry-builder — Jer ry build er, n. [Prob. fr. the proper name Jerry, familiar form of Jeremiah.] A professional builder who erects cheap dwellings of poor materials and unsubstantial and slovenly construction. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jerry-builder — jerry built ► ADJECTIVE ▪ badly or hastily built. DERIVATIVES jerry builder noun. ORIGIN sometimes said to be from the name of a firm of builders in Liverpool, or to allude to the walls of Jericho, which fell down at the sound of Joshua s… …   English terms dictionary

  • jerry-builder — n. a builder of unsubstantial houses with poor quality materials. Derivatives: jerry building n. jerry built adj …   Useful english dictionary

  • jerry-builder — See jerry build. * * * …   Universalium

  • jerry-builder —  Person who constructs cheap and badly made houses.  adj. jerry built Of poor and cheap construction …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • jerry-build — jerry builder, n. /jer ee bild /, v.t., jerry built, jerry building. to build cheaply and flimsily. [1880 85; back formation from jerry builder. See JERRY2, BUILD] * * * …   Universalium

  • jerry-built — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ badly or hastily built. DERIVATIVES jerry builder noun. ORIGIN sometimes said to be from the name of a firm of builders in Liverpool, or to allude to the walls of Jericho, which fell down at the sound of Joshua s trumpets (Book of… …   English terms dictionary

  • jerry-build — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: back formation from jerry built transitive verb 1. : to build (as a house) flimsily of materials of poor quality 2. : to put together, contrive, or devise with insufficient care or planning attempt to …   Useful english dictionary

  • jerry-build — /ˈdʒɛri bɪld / (say jeree bild) verb (t) (jerry built, jerry building) to build cheaply, shoddily, and flimsily. {origin uncertain} –jerry built, adjective –jerry builder, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • jerry-build — transitive verb (jerry built; building) Etymology: back formation from jerry built Date: 1885 to build cheaply and flimsily • jerry builder noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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