verb (used with object)
- 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
Related formsbrick·like, brick·ish, adjectiveun·bricked, adjective
Examples from the Web for bricking
"To sinking and bricking new well, 32 ft. deep," Reynold replied.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)|Margaret Veley
The bank on either side they were bricking up and cementing.Three Men on the Bummel|Jerome K. Jerome
And he found them bricking up the town gate, because it was so wide that little folks could not get through.The Water-Babies|Charles Kingsley
We have been bricking him up for a lark, and intend keeping him here till the morning.The Banshee|Elliot O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for bricking (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for bricking (2 of 2)
- 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 bricking
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