• WordNet 3.6
    • adj jerry-built of inferior workmanship and materials "mean little jerry-built houses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jerry-built Built hastily and of bad materials; as, jerry-built houses.
    • Jerry-built Developed in an unsystematic or inexpert manner; built haphazardly; -- used of objects, organizations, plans, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jerry-built Constructed hastily and with flimsy materials.
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In literature:

It only needed a spear-point to burst the jerry-built dam and let the flood through ...
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
It was, I perceive, a jerry-built scheme, run up at short notice.
"The Secret Places of the Heart" by H. G. Wells
Most of it is pawing over jerry-built, secondary things.
"War and the Future" by H. G. Wells
A jerry-built world, apparently.
"All Roads Lead to Calvary" by Jerome K. Jerome
Probably Jerry's great-great-grandfather built his house that way, and so Jerry does the same thing.
"Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
A candle, which it had put on the shelf below it, threw on the ceiling an enormous shadow of its large, jerry-built skull.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Jerry-built shanties with rattletrap aircars grounded around them.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
The semi-suburban towns stretched forth long, rawly-red arms of ugly, little, jerry-built streets and terraces.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The house was new but jerry-built, reeked of drains, and swarmed with vermin.
"From Paris to New York by Land" by Harry de Windt
The Perkinses went at the end of last week into a jerry-built villa up on land.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Grimy towns and jerry-built suburbs seem almost attractive when seen in mass from a height.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
It looked like a jerry-built palace for a parvenu.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
In addition to a built-in fifty-gallon tank in the cabin, there was a rack of five ten-gallon jerry cans in the cockpit.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
And the house being jerry built, the new ceilings are only guaranteed to stay up, if they are not pushed.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Marjorie's jerry-built excuses, her manifest chagrin and reluctance, confirmed her mother's worst suspicions.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
Draughty, jerry-built Chapels were handicraft of Satan.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
It was Jerry's opinion that she had built upon Marjorie's aid.
"Marjorie Dean College Junior" by Pauline Lester
See the finest position in the neighbourhood occupied by a jerry-built Moorish nightmare?
"The Brass Bottle" by F. Anstey
Through the ill-fitting partitions of the jerry-built bungalow he could hear the intruder moving recklessly in the kitchen.
"The Literary Sense" by E. Nesbit
At present its condition would disgrace a jerry-built villa near London.
"A Sovereign Remedy" by Flora Annie Steel

In poetry:

TO my fellow sinners all, who, in hope and doubt,
Through the Commonwealth to-night watch the Old Year out,
New Year’s Resolutions are jerry-built I know,
But I want to say to you, “Give yourselves a show”.
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Jerry Jones believes he has a team built to win now.
With Sidney Ponson gone and Ramon Ortiz erasing all the good feelings he built up over his first five starts, here's a timely piece from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that looks back at last winter's free agent pitching class.
The National Football League will devote four days to teaching players how to run franchise businesses, with Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who built an empire of 800 restaurants from one hamburger stand, as the key speaker.
Jerry and Tom Gaston have an impressive shrine and flower garden Tom built in their yard in memory of their longtime pet, Winston.
Jerry Yagen's KA114, a Canadian-built fighter-bomber variant, flew for the first time Thursday since it arrived in New Zealand.
Jerry Aggus built this Nomad in his garage and had planned to shoot the paint himself, going as far as masking it off.
Jerry Buss has built a legacy on making the right plays, relying often on gut instinct above all.
How Jerry Jones stormed the gates of Texas Stadium, took over America's Team, fired everyone in sight, alienated football fans across the state, and built the greatest Cowboys team ever.
Twenty years ago Jerry Schaeffer, an engineer from Beaverton, fashioned the idea for a different kind of wheelchair built on the concept that wheelchairs should help, not harm, the user.