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 Jeron’imo.Jerry-shop, or a Tom and Jerry Shop. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jerry-built,
 
unsubstantial. A “jerry-builder” is a speculative builder who runs up cheap, unsubstantial houses, using materials of the commonest kind. (See JURY MAST.)   1
 


 Jeron’imo.Jerry-shop, or a Tom and Jerry Shop. 

 
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