a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.
any rocklike missile.
an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.
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How to use brickbat in a sentence
If the institution of monarchy was merely feigning complete indifference to the now all-too familiar prospect of yet another brickbat being lobbed at it courtesy of Oprah and the Sussexes, it was certainly doing a very convincing job.This Time, the Royals Are Ready for Prince Harry to Reveal More Secrets to Oprah | Tom Sykes | May 20, 2021 | The Daily Beast
That earned brickbats from former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who said in interviews with various media outlets this week that Wall Street has too often tried to have it both ways.These Fortune 500 companies are halting contributions to Republicans (and Democrats) in the wake of Capitol attacks | Phil Wahba | January 11, 2021 | Fortune
A feeling of sadness and longingThat is not like being sick, And resembles sorrow onlyAs a brickbat resembles a brick.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
It set Tom to thinking; he said afterwards the spectacle was enough to make a brickbat wake up and think.All He Knew | John Habberton
Some of our readers may think that this was a fit punishment for having “pashed” the toad to “death with a brickbat.”
There isn't a mineral in Louisiana, unless it is a brickbat.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty | J. W. de Forest
I was there myself, and did what I could to quiet the tumult, receiving more than one brickbat for my interference.Bad Hugh | Mary Jane Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for brickbat
a piece of brick or similar material, esp one used as a weapon
blunt criticism: the critic threw several brickbats at the singer
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