Jerry-build meaning

jĕrē-bĭld
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To build shoddily, flimsily, and cheaply.
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To assemble a project in a hasty, low-quality manner, especially when cheap, low-quality and/or inappropriate materials are used.
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To assemble a structure in such an unsafe manner that it is doomed to collapse.
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To repair a structure in one of the above manners.
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Origin of jerry-build

  • From dialectal jerry defective perhaps from the name Jerry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition