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A chamber pot.
Mid 19th century: probably a diminutive of jeroboam.
verb[NO OBJECT]NZ, Australian
Understand or realize.‘I still hadn't jerried what was going on’
A close or investigative look.
take a jerry to
informal Scrutinize or examine.‘it's time this country took a jerry to itself’
- ‘It's time you took a jerry to yourself.’
- ‘She never took a jerry to them.’
- ‘The Government might take a jerry to itself one of these days!’
- ‘If we gave them a tooth for a tooth they would soon take a jerry to themselves.’
Late 19th century: from US slang, in the phrase to be jerry (to) ‘to be wise to; to understand’, of unknown origin.
1A German (especially in military contexts).
- ‘Look at how he has the Jerries stumbling over each other to find cover!’
- ‘Several of the Jerries turned into our guys intending to engage, but the majority continued the long dive in the direction of Rome.’
- ‘England was an ally and they couldn't hold out for too much longer if the Jerries kept up the relentless bombing.’
- ‘And when the Berlin Wall came down, souvenir-hunters were greeted by the graffiti legend: ‘Built by Jerries, demolished by Oz’.’
- ‘Those Jerries had so much more firepower and range, and I saw that we were losing valuable men trying to move up.’
- 1.1in singular The Germans collectively.‘Jerry has some 200 dive-bombers at Spitzbergen’
- ‘An example was the day up in the Liri Valley, when we got bounced by a Jerry formation which included two captured P - 40s with crosses on them.’
First World War: probably an alteration of German.
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