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. 2001.

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  • 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 — 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-build — build quickly and with poor quality …   English contemporary 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

  • jury-rig / jerry-build —    Jury rig means to improvise a temporary repair or substitute : Malcolm jury rigged a tentpole out of a broom. Avoid saying jerry rig.    Jerry build is a slang word meaning to build poorly : Malcolm jerry built a shelf that fell before we… …   Confused words

  • jury-rig / jerry-build —    Jury rig means to improvise a temporary repair or substitute : Malcolm jury rigged a tentpole out of a broom. Avoid saying jerry rig.    Jerry build is a slang word meaning to build poorly : Malcolm jerry built a shelf that fell before we… …   Confused words

  • build — [n] physical structure, form body, conformation, constitution, figure, frame, habit, habitus, physique, shape; concept 757 Ant. mind build [v1] construct structure assemble, bring about, carpenter, cast, compile, compose, contrive, engineer,… …   New thesaurus

  • jerry-built — /jer ee bilt /, adj. 1. built cheaply and flimsily. 2. contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization. [1865 70; jerry (as in JERRY BUILD) + BUILT] Syn. 1. ramshackle, rickety, shoddy, slipshod. * * * …   Universalium

  • jerry-built — adjective Built cheaply and shoddily. See Also: jerry build, jerry builder, jerrybuilder …   Wiktionary

  • jerry-builder — noun see jerry build …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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