Jerry-built


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Jerry-built

Traditionally applied to building speculators who built houses between the First and Second World Wars, using shoddy materials and shortcut methods to make a quick profit.
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Manicured lawns and ranch homes gradually replace South Gate's jerry-built homes and chicken coops; residents enjoy the benefits of new federal housing and infrastructure programs and Los Angeles' postwar industrial boom.
Herewith a few examples of Wills's own jerry-built contrivances.
Wanamaker's devotion to the theatre of Shakespeare took root in another visionary moment, when he saw a play performed on a jerry-built replica of the Globe at the 1935 Chicago World's Fair.
The resulting jerry-built portables powered everything from streetlights to vaccine refrigerators.
It seems likely - as suggested in a dust-cover blurb - that one or more of the jerry-built models outlined in Chapters 2-6 of the Hahn and Solow volume will interest some economists.
The chapter on Mochtar Lubis is unworthy of serious regard: a jerry-built confection organised around list-making and given to explaining plot and character to readers imagined as feebleminded or illiterate or perhaps just a lazy mob; in any event quite incapable of discerning the rudiments.
But it makes perfect sense within the context of a crusade, where reasons and arguments are jerry-built to justify the quest, where catsup is a vegetable, as Reagan famously claimed, if it gets you any closer to the Grail.
Armed with ingenious vehicles and equipment engineered with jerry-built "2 x 4 Technology," the KND operatives relentlessly defend the rights of kids everywhere by engaging in head-to-head combat with ruthless adult villains such as Knightbrace, the demented dental avenger; Gramma Stuffum, who maniacally forces meals on unsuspecting kids; and a ship of Candy Pirates.
THIS PAST JUNE, a sprawling, jerry-built plywood protrusion sprang up in the middle of a South Bronx housing project with the suddenness of a mushroom patch after a spring rain.
Time to listen to John Gray of the London School of Economics, who predicted in 1998 that "sooner or later, the jerry-built edifice of global laisseiz-faire will begin to crumble".
We oldies have a pretty good idea of how jerry-built the human body is with all those complicated innards ready to go haywire at inappropriate times.