verb (used with object)
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Idioms for brick
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of brick
OTHER WORDS FROM brickbricklike, brickish, adjectiveun·bricked, adjective
Words nearby brick
How to use brick in a sentence
That’s a tall order right now for many brick-and-mortar retailers that were already under pressure and watched foot traffic disappear entirely as the country largely shut down in March in response to the pandemic threat.That Whole Foods is an Amazon warehouse; get used to it|Connie Loizos|September 4, 2020|TechCrunch
Human bones were found buried beneath the platforms, including a stillborn foetus enclosed in a brick.An Ancient Site with Human Skulls on Display - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Jo Marchant|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
Surprisingly, there aren’t many things I miss about a sticks-and-bricks home.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs|Amy Marturana Winderl|September 2, 2020|Outside Online
HOUSTON — On an afternoon in mid-June, Analleli Solis was walking home from her brother’s house just down the street when she noticed someone she didn’t know retreating from the front door of her modest brick home.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic|by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo|August 31, 2020|ProPublica
To check if this coherence time was really caused by the natural radiation, they built a giant shield out of lead brick that could block background radiation to see what happened when the qubits were isolated.Could Quantum Computing Progress Be Halted by Background Radiation?|Edd Gent|August 31, 2020|Singularity Hub
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.
Once a cadet dropped a brick from a third-story barracks window that barely missed Jackson.
Opposite is a red-brick monastery leaning like an ocean liner in the snow.
To hear the creature talk about it makes my mouth as a brick kiln and my flesh as that of a goose.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Therefore shall Moab howl to Moab, every one shall howl: to them that rejoice upon the brick walls, tell ye their stripes.
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for the brick wall.
All the large engines are in this way, and we do not find the door or front plate get hot, as they are lined with brick.
The boiler was placed underneath the engine, the fire under it, with brick flues.
British Dictionary definitions for brick
- 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
Word Origin for brick
Idioms and Phrases with brick
In addition to the idioms beginning with brick
- bricks and mortar
- bricks shy of a load
- drop a brick
- hit the bricks
- like a cat on a hot brick
- like a ton of bricks
- make bricks without straw
- run into a stone (brick) wall