a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building, paving, etc.: traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle 2.25 × 3.75 × 8 inches (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.
such blocks collectively.
the material of which such blocks are made.
any block or bar having a similar size and shape:
a gold brick; an ice-cream brick.
the length of a brick as a measure of thickness, as of a wall:
one and a half bricks thick.
Informal. an admirably good or generous person.
Informal. an electronic device that has become completely nonfunctional.
to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.
Informal. to cause (an electronic device) to become completely nonfunctional:
I bricked my phone while doing the upgrade.
made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.
drop a brick, to make a social gaffe or blunder, especially an indiscreet remark.
hit the bricks,
to walk the streets, especially as an unemployed or homeless person.
to go on strike:
With contract talks stalled, workers are threatening to hit the bricks.
Also, take to the bricks.
make bricks without straw,
to plan or act on a false premise or unrealistic basis.
to create something that will not last:
To form governments without the consent of the people is to make bricks without straw.
to perform a task despite the lack of necessary materials.
The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
The Banshee Elliot O’Donnell
Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2) Margaret Veley
(Austral, slang) the falsification of evidence in order to bring a criminal charge
a rectangular block of clay mixed with sand and fired in a kiln or baked by the sun, used in building construction
(as modifier): a brick house
the material used to make such blocks
any rectangular block: a brick of ice
(informal) a reliable, trustworthy, or helpful person
(Brit) a child’s building block
short for brick red
(Brit, informal) drop a brick, to make a tactless or indiscreet remark
(informal) like a ton of bricks, (used esp of the manner of punishing or reprimanding someone) with great force; severely: when he spotted my mistake he came down on me like a ton of bricks
usually foll by in, up or over. to construct, line, pave, fill, or wall up with bricks: to brick up a window, brick over a patio
(slang) to attack (a person) with a brick or bricks
A decent, generous, reliable person (1830s+ British students)
A kilogram (2.2 pounds) of tightly compacted marijuana (1970s+ Narcotics)
Avery inaccurate basketball shot (1980s+ Students)
In addition to the idioms beginning with brick
the act or occupation of laying bricks in construction. Contemporary Examples I’m Not Country or Pop. I’m Just Pure Garth Brooks. David Masciotra September 9, 2014 Historical Examples The Vanishing Man R. Austin Freeman A Theory of Creation: A Review of ‘Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation’ Francis Bowen Haunted London Walter Thornbury Black […]
easily broken; brittle. Historical Examples Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine Raphaell Holinshed
the act, process, or occupation of making bricks. Historical Examples Bleak House Charles Dickens Dickens As an Educator James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal Fancis Buchanan Hamilton Bleak House Charles Dickens Homes And How To Make Them Eugene Gardner The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers Harper’s New […]