ticky-tacky


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ticky-tacky

1. noun Any cheap, shoddy material, especially used in construction. Judging from how little soundproofing there is in this building, I'd say they made the walls out of ticky-tacky.
2. adjective Consisting of or constructed from such cheap or shoddy materials. The company threw up a couple ticky-tacky bungalows so the crew could live on-site until the work was finished.
3. adjective Mediocre or unimaginative in design, appearance, or style. They've been building row after row of ticky-tacky houses about 20 minutes from the city off the interstate. They're so cookie-cutter in design that they're actually a little depressing to look at.

ticky-tacky

(ˈtɪkitæki)
n. cheap and shabby material. Those houses are just made of ticky-tacky, and they won’t even be here in twenty years.
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There's a red one and a yellow one, And they're all made out of ticky-tacky, And they all look just the same."
This next type of hyphenated word includes several parts of speech and consists of silly-sounding, rhyming pairs, most often with a long-e ending, like whoopsy-daisy, hootchie-kootchie, creepy-crawly, goody-goody, wishy-washy, willy-nilly, ticky-tacky, tootsy-wootsy, namby-pamby, teenie-weenie, freaky-deaky, lovey-dopey, palsy-walsy, hanky-panky, heebie-jeebies, wowee-zowee, itty-bitty, topsy-turvy, hokey-pokey, and honey-baby.
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All the wonderfully ticky-tacky tourist attractions we visited, the beach cabanas on the barrier islands, the hurricanes we waited out in the central-most room of the house.
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The reason is that Mr Walsh cannot even feign interest in breeze-block construction, box shapes, "ticky-tacky" posing as quality without an interesting corner in sight.
As we approach the sprawling ticky-tacky housing developments pushing north from Fort Collins toward our place, my dad begins to worry.
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The home market has become very competitive, especially at the high end, and builders can no longer put up little boxes made of ticky-tacky and expect to find buyers.