- 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.
Origin of brickbat
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Examples from the Web for brickbat
Well, Pat, Jimmy didn't quite kill you with a brickbat, did he?
There is no more soul in him than there is in a brickbat, mother.Make or Break
I said, just now, he might be at once outshone by a brickbat.Love's Meinie
But he came back with a brickbat and hammered like a blacksmith at the spring.Frank of Freedom Hill
Samuel A. Derieux
There isn't a mineral in Louisiana, unless it is a brickbat.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty
J. W. de Forest
- 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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Word Origin and History for brickbat
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