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verb (used with object), jer·ry-built, jer·ry-build·ing.
  1. to build cheaply and flimsily.
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Origin of jerry-build

1880–85; back formation from jerry-builder. See jerry2, build
Related formsjer·ry-build·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jerry-build


verb -builds, -building or -built
  1. (tr) to build (houses, flats, etc) badly using cheap materials
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Derived Formsjerry-builder, noun
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