jerry-built

adjective
\ ˈjer-ē-ˌbilt \

Definition of jerry-built 

1 : built cheaply and unsubstantially

2 : carelessly or hastily put together

First Known Use of jerry-built

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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jerry-built

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English Language Learners Definition of jerry-built

: built cheaply and quickly : not well-built

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