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- (US) Cheap, low-quality building material, especially as that used to make conventional suburban housing of a uniform design.
ticky-tacky (not comparable)
- (US) Made of this material; cheaply built, of low quality.
- 2013, K.T. Berger, Where the Road and the Sky Collide, page 112:
- My first impression was that Phoenix was another American Dream (a la L.A.) come true—ticky-tacky tract housing complexes and mini-malls stretching boundlessly into the flat desert horizon.
- (by extension) Inferior, minor, trivial.
- 2010, Charles Mertz, So, You Want to be a Teacher, page 99:
- It almost seems that major discipline problems take care of themselves; it is the day-to-day little ticky-tacky issues that bind and scratch and itch until you find that you are boxed in with a class that you can no longer control.