Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Constructed hastily and with flimsy materials.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Built hastily and of bad materials.
- adj. Developed in an unsystematic or inexpert manner; built haphazardly; -- used of objects, organizations, plans, etc.
- adj. of inferior workmanship and materials
“Deep in a disused Amtrak tunnel beneath the west side of Manhattan, homeless men and women inhabited jerry-built huts, living off scraps and siphoning electricity to cook and brighten the way.”
“If he is not our "worst president," as Donald Trump would have it, his sweeping domestic initiatives—especially his stimulus package and health-care reform—were so jerry-built and high-handed that they generated a virtual revolution in America's normally subdued middle class.”
“Anyway, this isn't like spraying paint on a bridge, it's like quickly adding an extra, slightly jerry-built span – which I think would be witty, if less deliverable by aerosol.”
“Like one of the postwar megastructures Hatherley cherishes, it may be a bit jerry-built in places, but it is bold and original, and it may change how you see British cities.”
“It's a vast improvement over the jerry-built box speakers through which the New World Symphony used to pipe its concerts to the Lincoln Road Mall.”
“Although many buildings are no longer made of wood which is too expensive and hard to maintain, Japanese cities still look a little jerry-built, rather like movie sets, as though in anticipation of impermanence—less like Manhattan, more like Los Angeles.”
“It was in another jerry-built craft, the 51-foot, three-mast Son of Town Hall, that Mr. Neutrino succeeded in crossing the Atlantic, casting off from Newfoundland with his wife, two companions and three dogs.”
“The early, jerry-built propeller planes transformed into air-cushioned jetliners, then powerful jumbo jets.”
“The jerry-built explosive device in the Times Square plot, while dangerous, was described by multiple law enforcement officials and outside experts as of unsophisticated, even amateurish design.”
“MARVELS, the Multi-object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey, would set a record for jerry-built acronyms and hunt for planets around other stars, partly for the sake of the planets themselves, partly to figure out how solar systems form.”
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