loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky: a ramshackle house.
- ram·shack·le·ness, noun
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How to use ramshackle in a sentence
After the closure of the school in the early 1900s, the Hôtel Biron housed ramshackle apartments and art studios rented by various Belle Epoque-era luminaries including Jean Cocteau and Isadora Duncan.Rodin, a Cadaver, and the Scandal That Nearly Derailed Him | Erin Zaleski | November 19, 2021 | The Daily Beast
These unique items stand out to scrollers in a sea of content, and their original websites may be as ramshackle as the scam pages, making it difficult to discern the actual source.Here's How Shopping Scams on Facebook Are Ripping Off Thousands of Customers, With the Money Flowing Overseas | Andrew R. Chow | December 19, 2020 | Time
My fondest moments as a student were in that ramshackle but storied building.
Mayorga evokes ramshackle dwellings of her native Colombia and elsewhere with “Beautiful Facade,” a pink-painted cardboard and wood model.In the galleries: Perspectives on blending culture and identity | Mark Jenkins | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Near the charming fishing harbor of Port-en-Bessin is the somewhat ramshackle Musee des Epaves Sous-Marines de Debarquement.
They set out a strong set of “best practices” to modernize and improve the ramshackle way our democracy runs elections.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections | Michael Waldman | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Passing this unworkable, ramshackle bill is counterproductive or irrelevant to that task.
Houses, some grand, others ramshackle, sit empty, cars in driveways.Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Bogged Down in Bureaucracy, Could Take Decades | Lennox Samuels | March 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The main underlying cause of Election Day chaos remains our ramshackle voter registration system.Obama Needs to Embrace Voting Reform in 2013 State of the Union | Michael Waldman, Lawrence Norden | February 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He drives a white mule, and has managed to put a top of sail cloth on an old ramshackle buggy, which he calls a 'shay.'The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Oh, yes; that ramshackle place near the swamp, with the gipsy-looking people hanging about.Summer | Edith Wharton
This last as the party rounded a clump of trees and through the rain saw a low, ramshackle cabin ahead of them.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
In the street a luxurious limousine was tooting for a ramshackle prairie schooner to turn to one side.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
This ramshackle thing we're setting up now couldn't even begin to turn out the ties alone.The White Desert | Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for ramshackle
(esp of buildings) badly constructed or maintained; rickety, shaky, or derelict
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