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Jerry building


The construction of buildings. usually for habitation, with an eye for quick profit rather than durability. The term is usually associated with the quick speculative building of houses to accommodate the thousands of urban immigrants during the boom years of the Industrial Revolution in the U.K. Jerry-built dwellings tended to be built of whatever materials were the easiest and cheapest to obtain and rarely outlived the constructor by any appreciable time.

Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary , 3rd edt.