cobble together


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

cobble together

To assemble or complete something quickly or sloppily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cobble" and "together." The incoherent argument in your paper tells me that you cobbled it together in study hall. Look at that rickety bike—it looks like it was just cobbled together from old junk.
See also: cobble, together
References in periodicals archive ?
We never get a clear baseline picture against which to measure change, and lacking any tables or graphs we are left to cobble together isolated figures about prisons, prisoners, escapes, or mortality rates.
The Fifers were struggling to cobble together a team for the Championship visit of Gers, with Jason Thomson, Lewis Toshney, Mitch Megginson, Kyle Benedictus, Ryan McCord and James Craigen all out.
The 2008 and 2009 champions are crippled by a EUR5million debt and if they can cobble together the initial EUR300k, they then need to generate another EUR400k just to operate next season.
Under Israel's electoral system, the party leader most likely to cobble together a governing majority is approached to try to form a coalition.
If we could ever cobble together a common history, wouldn't this go a long way in healing the divide between the races?
This new release uses the gameplay mechanisms of the Final Fantasy series and a host of cinematic sequences to cobble together a decent but not outstanding RPG adventure.
And while many high-tech companies could probably cobble together such a unit, Wengert explains that a big part of the T-Box exercise is showing that it can be done cost-effectively.
It's one thing to display the schizophrenia inherent in trying to cobble together a coalition of disaffected lifelong Democrats and party-hating anti-globalization activists.
Until recently, most service providers were forced to cobble together partial solutions from enterprise-oriented security solutions--primarily firewalls and VPNs.
No matter how different the occasions, there are similarities that link Gelatin's appearances, from the objects and constructions they cobble together using found materials to the way they invite the viewer to take an active role in the art experience--not to mention their staging of themselves: jolly and often naked.
On Thursday, Mr Prodi told Mr Scalfaro he had failed to cobble together a new majority.
To Erdos, however, it wasn't enough to cobble together any old proof to establish the truth of a conjecture.
Mr Al-Bashir's announcement is part of a campaign by Khartoum to display its readiness amid attempts to cobble together new Darfur peace negotiations mediated by the Arab nation Qatar and a UN envoy.
Why doesn't he just list all the atrocities carried out by these evil dictators, make us limeys cook up another dossier about their WMDs, convince the free world it is their moral duty to stand up for human rights, pressurise the UN to cobble together a resolution, then bomb the place into submission?