jerry-built for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (dʒeri bɪlt)
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If you describe houses or blocks of flats as jerry-built, you are critical of the fact that they have been built very quickly and cheaply, without much care for safety or quality. [disapproval] ⇒ ...jerry-built equipment. ⇒ The place is a bit jerry-built.