[ brik ]
/ brɪk /


verb (used with object)

to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.
Informal. to cause (an electronic device) to become completely nonfunctional: I bricked my phone while doing the upgrade.


made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.


Origin of brick

1400–50; late Middle English brike < Middle Dutch bricke; akin to break

Related forms

brick·like, brick·ish, adjectiveun·bricked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bricking

  • "To sinking and bricking new well, 32 ft. deep," Reynold replied.

  • 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)


/ (ˈbrɪkɪŋ) /


Australian slang the falsification of evidence in order to bring a criminal charge

British Dictionary definitions for bricking (2 of 2)


/ (brɪk) /


verb (tr)

(usually foll by in, up or over) to construct, line, pave, fill, or wall up with bricksto brick up a window; brick over a patio
slang to attack (a person) with a brick or bricks

Word Origin for brick

C15: from Old French brique, from Middle Dutch bricke; related to Middle Low German brike, Old English brecan to break
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with bricking


In addition to the idioms beginning with brick

  • bricks and mortar
  • bricks shy of a load

also see:

  • 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
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