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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Jerry-building has been in the news a fair bit of late, particularly in connection with the earthquakes in India, El Salvador and Turkey.
The inevitable result of all that jerry-building was that by the 1870s urban decay had set in in a big way and the word 'jerry built' was coined to describe it.
Rather, I would query why the human body needs half a mile of it and, furthermore, the wisdom of compressing half a mile of it in such a confined space, in any other construction industry you would call this jerry-building.