The cheap bowling alleys and jerry-built restaurants of the suburbs seemed under a spell of sleep.
The house was new but jerry-built, reeked of drains, and swarmed with vermin.
General Headquarters had been established in a house near by, a middle-class, flamboyant, jerry-built affair.
The expression “jerry-built” is applied to houses built badly and of inferior materials, and run up by a speculative builder.
Another ten minutes and nothing could have saved this jerry-built wooden villa.
As the comedian in the piece remarked—and it is the only phrase you carry away—Jericho must have been jerry-built.
I should say it was built on contract, and jerry-built at that.
I had put up overnight in his jerry-built hostelry, and all had gone well until breakfast time.
Only automatons will live in a jerry-built cottage in a modern town and pay heavily for the privilege.
The semi-suburban towns stretched forth long, rawly-red arms of ugly, little, jerry-built streets and terraces.
1869, in which jerry has a sense of "bad, defective," probably a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry (a popular form of Jeremy; cf. Jerry-sneak, mid-19c., "sneaking fellow, a hen-pecked husband" [OED]). Or from or influenced by nautical slang jury "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects (see jury (adj.)).