jerry built

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Built in a makeshift and insubstantial manner.

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  • The phrases 'jerry built'/'jerry building'/'jerry builder' have been around since at least 1869, when 'jerry built' was defined in the Lonsdale Glossary:
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This whole town looks Jerry-built.

Submitted on January 02, 2020

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