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  1. badly or hastily built
    mean little jerry-built houses
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How To Use jerry-built In A Sentence

  • 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. Police Find Owner of SUV Used in Bomb Plot
  • The bases are ungainly, jerry-built settings that playfully complement the divalike trees.
  • 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. Unmoored on Land, an Adventurer at Sea
  • The President is not merely proposing to impose his jerry-built system on soldiers captured on the battlefield, however.
  • He builds what he calls a conservatory in the back garden, but in reality it's a jerry-built shed with windows. Broken Music, A Memoir
  • North Korea has the added attraction that its jerry-built missiles are the primary public targets of America's National Missile Defense.
  • One friend in the Humvee was already dead from the blast of the jerry-built 90 mm mortar round, and one would die later.
  • 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. Vandalising an old master is bad, but not quite as evil as queue-jumping | David Mitchell
  • 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. Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge
  • Regardless of the origins of the terms jerry-built and jury-rigged, the fact of the matter is that the term jerry-rigged was used by American troops to describe the shoddy state of German equipment in the last years of the war. Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #139 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources
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