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Origin of ramshackle
Examples from the Web for ramshackle
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps the biggest problem in election administration today is that we are using an outdated, ramshackle registration system.After Voter-ID Wars, What Next? A Truce Through Modernization.|Lawrence Norden|September 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But John harnessed his decrepit mare to his ramshackle buggy, and started for town.The Girls of Central High|Gertrude W. Morrison
The bo'sun has cut adrift their ramshackle, old sieve of a boat, and she's now a quarter of a mile astern, half-full of water.Romance|Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
They had a ramshackle house and barn, in a bit of open meadow by the mouth of one of the brooks.A Northern Countryside|Rosalind Richards
The average Himalayan house is such a ramshackle affair that it is a miracle how it holds together.Birds of the Indian Hills|Douglas Dewar
I looked round, but the ramshackle cart was hidden by the turn of the road.The Wonder|J. D. Beresford
Word Origin for ramshackle
1809, back-formation from ramshackled, earlier ranshackled (1670s), alteration of ransackled, past participle of ransackle (see ransack). The word seems to have been Scottish.
Reading over this note to an American gentleman, he seemed to take alarm, lest the word ramshackle should be palmed on his country. I take it home willingly, as a Scotticism, and one well applied, as may be afterwards shown. [Robert Gourlay, "General Introduction to a Statistical Account of Upper Canada," London, 1822]
Jamieson's "Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" (1825) has it as a noun meaning "thoughtless, ignorant fellow."