Jerry-built Definition

jerēbilt
adjective
Built poorly, of cheap materials.
Webster's New World
Anything that is ill-constructed.
The whole operation was jerrybuilt from the beginning, and thus was doomed to failure.
Wiktionary
Alternative spelling of jerrybuilt.
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Origin of Jerry-built

  • or a derivation of 'jury-rigged', which is from nautical term for a short-term replacement of the mast and yards. This is less likely as it seems to be an American English formation of later dating.

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  • From jerry (of obscure meaning) + built

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  • A pejorative of unknown origin concerning 'Jerry'

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