brick

[ brik ]
/ brɪk /

noun

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.

adjective

made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.

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Idioms for brick

Origin of brick

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

OTHER WORDS FROM brick

brick·like, brick·ish, adjectiveun·bricked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drop a brick

brick
/ (brɪk) /

noun

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
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Idioms and Phrases with drop a brick (1 of 2)

drop a brick

Also, drop a clanger. Say something indiscreet, commit a social gaffe. For example, John dropped a brick when he called her by his ex-wife's name. [Slang; 1920s]

Idioms and Phrases with drop a brick (2 of 2)

brick

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