Definition of jerry-built in English:


Syllabification: jer·ry-built




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  • This sort of pain is just what we would expect from natural selection, which is a jerry-builder.
  • People needed housing, and providing this was left to jerry-builders who put together cheap, insufficient, flimsy dwellings that soon fell into disrepair.
  • The whole of the belt of north and west Northumberland has been little changed through the centuries - it has not been desecrated either by the jerry-builder or by the spread of industry.


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  • Yet many of these cathedrals looked grander than they were, and design faults, or perhaps jerry-building, caused a number of fiascos.
  • If there was jerry-building, it was more likely to have been the result of haste - the impossible demands of an impatient emperor.
  • If the apprentice was caught doing any jerry-building he would find it at his feet knocked down with a hammer.


mid 19th century: origin unknown; sometimes said to be from the name of a firm of builders in Liverpool, or to allude to the walls of Jericho, which fell down at the sound of Joshua's trumpets (Josh. 6:20).

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