Late 19th century: from US slang, in the phrase to be jerry (to) 'to be wise to; to understand', of unknown origin.
noun (plural Jerries)British informal, derogatory
- And when the Berlin Wall came down, souvenir-hunters were greeted by the graffiti legend: ‘Built by Jerries, demolished by Oz’.
- Those Jerries had so much more firepower and range, and I saw that we were losing valuable men trying to move up.
- England was an ally and they couldn't hold out for too much longer if the Jerries kept up the relentless bombing.
First World War: probably an alteration of German.
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