Definition of jerry-built adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; NAmE
(old-fashioned, disapproving)
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built quickly and cheaply without caring about quality or safety Word Origin mid 19th cent.: origin unknown; sometimes said to be from the name of a firm of builders in Liverpool, or to allude to the walls of Jericho in the Bible, which fell down at the sound of Joshua's trumpets (Josh. 6:20).
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