jerry-built


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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.
See also: built, Jerry

jerry-built

mod. carelessly and awkwardly built. The lawyer’s case was jerry-built, but the jury bought it anyway.
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Austerity was the buzzword of a jerry-built solution to address the fact the Eurozone was an edifice that was left half-done by its political leadership.
Who wants to have boring old Liverpool culture -with its 800 years of history - when you can style yourself after a jerry-built desert theme p a rk?
This was the town that had practically invented mechanisation, had packed its factories with unskilled workers and its streets with jerry-built terraces.
ECHO, Sep 14) They seriously propose that to thwart Cameron and Clegg they will ridicule the great city of Liverpool by returning to jerry-built creations typical of post-war Britain, shanty towns and John Lennon Airport.
However, despite having a packaging that is bound to attract eyeballs, the book comes as nothing but a jerry-built attempt of explaining things which have been taught by various management gurus of the previous era.
Eight years after overthrowing the monarchy in 1969, Gadhafi instituted the Jamahiriya, or "state of the masses" -- a jerry-built state that is very much a personal creation largely dependent on his role.
The streets of Conakry, a city of jerry-built metal shacks and roadside food stalls, were busy with shoppers, traffic and boys playing football on Saturday, with campaigning over.
Beneath these jerry-built houses lie tendon and rock and the spine of
And yet now we are obliged to be bored to death as the Lib Dems shove their pet projects down our throats - the price we all pay for having Clegg and his colleagues prop up Cameron's jerry-built Government.
NICK Bourne and Chris Franks have both referred to the Assembly building as iconic; I call it Jerry-built.
But rationality has nothing to do with the jerry-built nomination process that has evolved over the past 30-plus years, a series of ad hoc events that now threatens to mutate into a monstrosity.
I bet that uppermost in my mind would be how soon I could finish the questionable job I was sent out to do and get back home, and whether my jerry-built, damp, Sixties barracks or quarters had been improved while I'd been away.
The Supreme Court ruled last year on the jerry-built system of military tribunals that the Bush Administration established to try the Guantanamo detainees, finding it illegal.
A soldier and press relations officer in the American Expeditionary Force during World War I, Palmer disdained the jerry-built histories and personal narratives that flooded the market as soon as war-time censorship ended.
As hundreds of innocent men sit in prison, why is the Bush administration still fighting the idea that American values embrace the right to a fair trial and that a jerry-built military commission represents no such thing?