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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Esther is attempting to derail Malcolm's bid to construct his most ambitious building yet, a quality development that will stand out from the jerry-built constructions that fed his fortune.
These new suburbanites erected jerry-built homes and supplemented working-class incomes by turning their lots into small-scale agricultural operations, raising chickens and growing vegetables for sale or for the family table.
Strip away the controversy, and the series was jerry-built. It claimed to reflect reality but ended up as wish fulfilment.
An editor at a writers' conference made the audience jittery when he said his computer system was "jury-rigged." Those writers knew he meant "jerry-rigged" or "jerry-built." That expression is especially interesting, however, because "jury-rigged," which we now see as incorrect, was in fact the original term.
A description from the time says; "At night the sky glowed a reflected blush red from the furnaces and Middlesbrough mushroomed like a desert camp in an untidy, jerry-built, slummy sprawl around what for many had become the very kernel of their existence - The Works."
wagons to grace the what-not of a jerry-built shanty,
How jerry-built and precarious is Alabama's fiscal house?
"The music industry's in a terrible state at the moment, and we don't need another jerry-built boy band"
New jerry-built contrivances are shoved under them to keep them in place ...
The word jerry -- whether it means chamber pot or shoddy, as in jerry-built, does not come from jerry = German, but rather from Jerobam or Jeremy.
A comparison of the modern DLIELC campus with the jerry-built, ramshackle, Korean-War vintage campus of just a few years ago, gives tangible evidence of DLIELC's evolution.
Bernardin, who was George's predecessor in Chicago, was falsely accused in a jerry-built charge that fell apart within a few months.