jackleg


jack·leg

adjective \ˈjak-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

Definition of JACKLEG

1
a :  characterized by unscrupulousness, dishonesty, or lack of professional standards <a jackleg lawyer>
b :  lacking skill or training :  amateur <a jackleg carpenter>
2
:  designed as a temporary expedient :  makeshift
jackleg noun

Examples of JACKLEG

  1. <a toolshed that can be built by any jackleg carpenter who's capable of hitting a nail without smashing his thumb>
  2. <he did such a jackleg installation of that door frame that now the door won't shut>

Origin of JACKLEG

1jack + -leg (as in blackleg)
First Known Use: 1850

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