Saturday-night special



[sat-er-dey-nahyt, -dee-] /ˈsæt ər deɪˌnaɪt, -di-/
noun, Informal.
1.
a cheap, small-caliber handgun that is easily obtainable and concealable.

(From police slang for a cheap handgun) A quick-and-dirty program or feature kluged together during off hours, under a deadline, and in response to pressure from a salescritter. Such hacks are dangerously unreliable, but all too often sneak into a production release after insufficient review.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-11)

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