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Shoddily constructed. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The origin of the term is unknown. You could tell house was jerry built. It looked like it would blow over in a strong wind! Yeah, you didn't fool Mom for a second with that jerry-built story you concocted.
Tom and Jerry
A spiced drink that contains liquor (usually rum) and is served hot. It is named for characters in the 19th-century novel Life in London (not the cartoon characters). I'm ordering a Tom and Jerry—what do you want to drink?
mod. carelessly and awkwardly built. The lawyer’s case was jerry-built, but the jury bought it anyway.
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).