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 for ramshackle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ramshackle \Ram"shac*kle\ (r[a^]m"sh[a^]k*k'l), a. [Etymol.
     uncertain.]
     Loose; disjointed; falling to pieces; out of repair.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           There came . . . my lord the cardinal, in his
           ramshackle coach.                        --Thackeray.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ramshackle \Ram"shac*kle\, v. t.
     To search or ransack; to rummage. [Prov. Eng.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ramshackle
      adj 1: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled
             tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old
             pier"; "a tumble-down shack" [syn: bedraggled, broken-
             down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle,
             tatterdemalion, tumble-down]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "ramshackle":
     battered, beat-up, beaten up, broken-down, crumbling, decrepit,
     derelict, dilapidated, doddering, flimsy, groggy, in disrepair,
     in ruins, insubstantial, jerry-built, neglected, ricketish,
     rickety, rocky, ruined, ruinous, run-down, shaky, slummy, spidery,
     spindly, teetering, teetery, tottering, tottery, tumbledown,
     unstable, unsteady, unsubstantial, wobbly
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RAMSHACKLE, adj.  Pertaining to a certain order of architecture,
  otherwise known as the Normal American.  Most of the public buildings
  of the United States are of the Ramshackle order, though some of our
  earlier architects preferred the Ironic.  Recent additions to the
  White House in Washington are Theo-Doric, the ecclesiastic order of
  the Dorians.  They are exceedingly fine and cost one hundred dollars a
  brick.
  

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