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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Herewith a few examples of Wills's own jerry-built contrivances.
Matherly studies classical fragments, such as the Belvedere Torso or the snake-snared arms of Laocoon, and then approximates their shape in crude casts jerry-built from foam and hot glue.
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.
The station frontage was obscured by a shabby row of jerry-built shops, the sun was blotted out by the ugly concrete hulk of Concourse House, and the route to the city centre began with a urine-soaked underpass.
This must-have, acquisitive mood to which Marr refers, jerry-built upon the ready availability of cheap credit, has almost inevitably had a direct affect upon British sport, particularly football.
I live in a jerry-built Victorian terrace and, having taken the plunge to completely renovate my daughters' bedroom, I was forced to rip the ceiling down, because several of the joists have bowed, before we could replaster the room.
Instead, a brainless infringement, a jerry-built wall, and up stepped Shearer - after a sly glance to check where the TV camera would be for celebration purposes - with a strike that only had to be 50 per cent pure to beat the exposed Thomas Sorensen.
Sometimes, as in densely populated El Salvador that is over 90 percent deforested, peasants can no longer make a living in the countryside and move to jerry-built misery belts and other unplanned communities surrounding big cities.
And, of course, if the threat of being blown up by crazed separatists is not going to stop them then the little matter of booking into a jerry-built hotel in a place just been hit by a catastrophe rated 7.
But Taylor's empathetic performance somehow makes sense of her corner of this overstuffed, dramatically jerry-built parcel of expensive cinematic real estate.
Then, he is frantically constructing jerry-built and circuitous detours that are often painfully obvious in such a person's speech.
His sculptures and works on paper are an interestingly uneasy combination of two strains of recent art: the "Unmonumental" school of haphazard, jerry-built, intuitively free-associative assemblage on the one hand; and a more concept-driven mode based on the research on and critique of the supposedly Utopian desires embodied in modernist art and architecture on the other.