pertaining to conventional stores, businesses, etc., having physical buildings and facilities, as opposed to Internet or remote services.
made of bricks and mortar.
a building or buildings: he invested in bricks and mortar rather than stocks and shares
(as modifier): a bricks-and-mortar fortune
a physical business premises rather than an internet presence
(as modifier): bricks-and-mortar firms
Basic and essential, as in Matthew Arnold’s essay (1865): “Margate, that bricks-and-mortar image of British Protestantism.” This phrase transfers essential building materials to other fundamental matters. It also may be used more literally to denote a building or buildings (whether or not made of bricks and mortar), as in The alumni prefer to see their donations in the form of bricks and mortar. [ Mid-1800s ]
Mentally impaired, either unintelligent or merely eccentric. For example, He may be handsome but he’s not too bright—a few bricks shy of a load. This term, transferring a light load to lightweight mental capacity, is usually preceded by either a few or a specific number such as two. [ ; 1960s ]
a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. (in literature) a piece created from diverse resources. (in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork. the use of multiple, diverse research methods. noun (architect) the jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and […]