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jerry built

Shoddily constructed. The origin of the term is unknown. That jerry built house could blow over in a strong wind! Yeah, you didn't fool Mom for a second with that jerry built story you concocted.
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jerry-built

mod. carelessly and awkwardly built. The lawyer’s case was jerry-built, but the jury bought it anyway.

jerry built

Constructed in a cheap, ramshackle, or otherwise insubstantial fashion. Although the phrase is widely thought to have come from the British World War I slang term for “German,” it well antedates the 20th century. Some possibilities are an old English word for tumble, Jericho (as in Joshua causing the walls to come tumbling down).
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