brickbat

[ brik-bat ]
/ ˈbrɪkˌbæt /

noun

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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Origin of brickbat

First recorded in 1555–65; brick + bat1
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British Dictionary definitions for brickbat

brickbat
/ (ˈbrɪkˌbæt) /

noun

a piece of brick or similar material, esp one used as a weapon
blunt criticismthe critic threw several brickbats at the singer
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