The Jargon File

Quick And Dirty

A horrid piece of code produced in a hurry.

Often, a quick and dirty hack is a temporary fix.  Other times, it can be decent code that only delivers at minimum value and can be improved upon later.

In the worst of times, it will be forgotten that the quick and dirty hack was a quick and dirty hack, and it will live on for months, or even years.

One may argue that every version of Microsoft Windows is an increasingly large collection of quick and dirty hacks.
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