Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a jerry-built house.”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The house was jerry-built.”)
Something jerry-built is built or created in a sloppy, cheap way.
("Jerry" is slang for "bad" or "defective.")
jerry-build, jerry-building, jerry-builder
How to use it:
Concretely, talk about a jerry-built shack/apartment/house/building, a jerry-built boat, a jerry-built machine, and so on.
Abstractly, talk about a jerry-built plot or narrative, a jerry-built system or method, a jerry-built town, a jerry-built project or performance, etc.
I took one look at the jerry-built carnival rides and said, "Nope."
If you force kids to write in a certain way, then you deserve the dull task of reading all their jerry-built output.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "jerry-built” means when you can explain it without saying “unsubstantial” or “shoddy."
Think of the last time you wanted to say, "Um...did you even try to do a good job with this?", and fill in the blanks: "_____ has nothing but jerry-built _____."
Example: "That site has nothing but useless, jerry-built content and a swamp of ads."
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1. The opposite of JERRY-BUILT is
A. QUICK AND EASY
B. KIND AND GENEROUS
C. STRONG AND SUBSTANTIAL
2. Their jerry-built science fair project _____
A. was loud enough to cause a stir and draw a crowd.
B. didn't even have a clear hypothesis.
C. earned an honorable mention but no real prizes.
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