brickbat

[brik-bat]
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noun
  1. a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.
  2. any rocklike missile.
  3. an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.

Origin of brickbat

First recorded in 1555–65; brick + bat1
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brickbat

noun
  1. a piece of brick or similar material, esp one used as a weapon
  2. blunt criticismthe critic threw several brickbats at the singer
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Word Origin and History for brickbat
n.

mid-16c., piece of brick (half or less) used as a missile, from brick (n.) + bat (n.1). Figurative use, of comments, insults, etc., is from 1640s.

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