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
Examples from the Web for bricking
Historical Examples of bricking
The bank on either side they were bricking up and cementing.Three Men on the Bummel
Jerome K. Jerome
We have been bricking him up for a lark, and intend keeping him here till the morning.The Banshee
"To sinking and bricking new well, 32 ft. deep," Reynold replied.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)
And he found them bricking up the town gate, because it was so wide that little folks could not get through.The Water-Babies
- 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
early 15c., from Old French briche "brick," probably from a Germanic source akin to Middle Dutch bricke "a tile," literally "a broken piece," from the verbal root of break (v.). Meaning "a good, honest fellow" is from 1840, probably on notion of squareness (e.g. fair and square) though most extended senses of brick (and square) applied to persons in English are not meant to be complimentary. Brick wall in the figurative sense of "impenetrable barrier" is from 1886.
"to wall up with bricks," 1640s, from brick (n.). Related: Bricked; 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