[jer-ee-bilt] /ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪlt/
built cheaply and flimsily.
contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.
[jer-ee-bild] /ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪld/
verb (used with object), jerry-built, jerry-building.
to build cheaply and flimsily.
verb -builds, -building, -built
(transitive) to build (houses, flats, etc) badly using cheap materials
1869, in which jerry has a sense of “bad, defective,” probably a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry (a popular form of Jeremy; cf. Jerry-sneak, mid-19c., “sneaking fellow, a hen-pecked husband” [OED]). Or from or influenced by nautical slang jury “temporary,” which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects (see jury (adj.)).
noun 1. Also called blitz can. Military. a narrow, flat-sided, 5-gallon (19-liter) container for fluids, as fuel. 2. British. a can with a capacity of 4½ imperial gallons (5.4 U.S. gallons or 20.4 liters). noun 1. a flat-sided can with a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 gallons used for storing or transporting liquids, esp […]
[jer-ee-rig] /ˈdʒɛr iˌrɪg/ verb (used with object), jerry-rigged, jerry-rigging. 1. .
[jer-ee-rig] /ˈdʒɛr iˌrɪg/ verb (used with object), jerry-rigged, jerry-rigging. 1. . adjective Patched or cobbled; hoked-up: these would be much better than something jerry-rigged on my Olivetti [1980s+; a blend of jerry-built, ”badly or flimsily built,” found by 1869, with jury-rigged, ”rigged temporarily or in an emergency,” found by 1788; the origin of both of […]
- Jerry sussman