jerry built

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).
See also: built, Jerry
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Kids Near Water, Garrison, Jerry Built (November 3).
It is an even uglier and more jerry built eyesore - as well as being of less practical use.
There'll also be twisted Pixies-esque rock 'n' roll from Boston USA's Garrison, with Jerry Built bringing up the rear.
None of the principal options which younger professionals face seem particularly appealing - live with your parents until well into adulthood, share cramped and jerry built rented accommodation close to work or flee to the ever-expanding suburbs and face the miseries of a long daily commute.
Prince Charles's beloved Georgians did provide a lot of nice houses jerry built.
The other thing is that it was rebuilt by the Victorians and it was jerry built with materials that are now coming to the end of their natural life, whereas St Mary's is grade one listed.
At dusk, dine at one of The Woodlands' unique restaurants including the new Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, Grimaldi's Pizzeria or Texas' only Tommy Bahama Cafe.
This monograph situates this history of industrial relations at Campbell Soup into broader currents in American industrial relations, the internecine battles within the House of Labour (or what should be more correctly described as a jerry built apartment block falling to bits with tenants fighting over who should take out the garbage), Campbell's struggles with providers of product, its increasing use of public relations after World War II, and the inner-city decline of Camden; a story which can be told of so many parts of America as corporations have taken flight in search of cheaper labour and more favourable tax regimes.