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  • n  a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)

  • They even get the girl, who sees them as a kind of adorable emotional fixer-upper.
  • The Tylers bid on an ornate Queen Anne-style fixer-upper and, after finishing the restoration, opened a bed-and-breakfast, the Wild Swan Inn, in 1993.
  • A fixer-upper can be found for as little as $150,000, and rentals are equally attractive.
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  • Now You Too Can Buy A Shining Symbol Of Detroit Ruin
    Have you ever wanted to possess your very own symbol of American decay? Something that says "we used to build a lot of cars, but now we build less of them?" A real fixer-upper? Well now you can, as the old Packard Plant in Detroit is coming up on the auction block, and the bidding starts at just $975,000. The enormous factory was originally built from 1903 to 1911, and pretty purple Packards ...
    June 9, 2013 - Jalopnik

  • Michael Johnson in San Francisco Chronicle
    You call it a turnaround; we call it a fixer-upper,said Johnson, 51, explaining his management team has sought to build on the foundation left by Hughes.
  • Frank Hamblen in San Diego Union Tribune
    I think he'd be a great candidate for any job,Hamblen said before the game. "That's a situation he and Dr. Buss have to discuss. Phil's been a great closer his whole career. I don't know if he'd be a fixer-upper."
  • Frank de Jong in Globe and Mail
    The house was a fixer-upper,says Mr. de Jong, 51. "Today it would be worth about double that. Even the area where I live has started to be gentrified. Also, we have done quite a bit of work on it."

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