from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A house or other dwelling that is badly in need of repair, usually for sale at a low price.

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  • n. A house, property, car, or other object that needs to be fixed up or repaired, often purchased as an investment.
  • n. A person who tinkers or fixes things up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)


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  • She is contractually prohibited from disclosing the sale price, but it was enough to help pay for a Cape Cod fixer-upper.

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  • Thomas Leeser , the architect tasked with a $40 million renovation of the Strand structure funded by the city, state and private donations as part of the city's plan to create a new cultural district in the area, is also disdainful of the idea that the Strand is anything more than a fixer-upper dressed up a historic structure.

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  • Although the price of the home doesn't reflect a fixer-upper, the original listing also says it is "waiting to be polished."

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  • But I know a fixer-upper when I see one, and the U.S. is today a fixer upper.

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  • On one of her visits to San Sebastian del Oeste, a little mining village east of Puerto Vallarta and up in the mountains, she fell in love with a charming old hacienda, bought it ( "a major fixer-upper"), and she has been busy ever since, "Bringing it up to the quality level of a first-class bed and breakfast."

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  • The website for venerable fixer-upper mag This Old House has compiled 10 somewhat clever uses for packing foam peanuts, some of which home and garden perfectionists might find useful (elevating plants inside a vase, anyone?).

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  • Delvillar cited one fixer-upper apartment complex on the market for $2.5 million, down from its last purchase price of $7.5 million.

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  • Standing in the garage of my post-divorce fixer-upper which has just been deemed too laden with mold to live in the irony is thick.

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  • “After seventeen years, you do finally wangle a pet into our midst, and it turns out to be a complete fixer-upper.”

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  • The Texas portfolio Camden is buying is less of a fixer-upper.

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