But to expect likeness on this point simply because we find it in Europe and Asia, is to make bricks without straw.
We have no funds, and we are expected to make bricks without straw!
In such a case, to tell me to act of myself, is like Pharaoh setting the Israelites to make bricks without straw.
Must we, of all other teachers of science, be left to make bricks without straw?
It is often good for us to have to make bricks without straw.
I would not require the children of Israel to make bricks without straw!
I hope the government will not insist upon our walking before we are able to creep, or compel us to make bricks without straw.
The complaint of many people is not simply that they must make bricks without straw, but that they must make bricks at all.
Do you remember how we were trying to make bricks without straw less than a month ago, father?
How can we make bricks without straw;—or build without cement?
early 15c., from Old French briche "brick," probably from a Germanic source akin to Middle Dutch bricke "a tile," literally "a broken piece," from the verbal root of break (v.). Meaning "a good, honest fellow" is from 1840, probably on notion of squareness (e.g. fair and square) though most extended senses of brick (and square) applied to persons in English are not meant to be complimentary. Brick wall in the figurative sense of "impenetrable barrier" is from 1886.
"to wall up with bricks," 1640s, from brick (n.). Related: Bricked; bricking.
[first sense said to be a clever student version of Aristotle's phrase tetragonos aner, ''four-sided man, foursquare man,'' used in the Nichomachean Ethics to describe a person of public merit whose praise might appear on a square monument of tribute]