[ jer-ee-bilt ]
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  1. built cheaply and flimsily.

  2. contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.

Origin of jerry-built

1865–70; jerry (as in jerry-build) + built

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How to use jerry-built in a sentence

  • See the finest position in the neighbourhood occupied by a jerry-built Moorish nightmare?

    The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
  • And the house being jerry built, the new ceilings are only guaranteed to stay up, if they are not pushed.

    Lady Cassandra | Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • I had put up overnight in his jerry-built hostelry, and all had gone well until breakfast time.

    From Pillar to Post | John Kendrick Bangs
  • The semi-suburban towns stretched forth long, rawly-red arms of ugly, little, jerry-built streets and terraces.

  • Have they failed, let us pity their hunt through some newer and cheaper suburb for a jerry-built roof over rheumatic bones.

    Middlesex | A.R. Hope Moncrieff