[ gohld-brik for 1, 2; gohld-brik for 3–5 ]
/ ˈgoʊldˈbrɪk for 1, 2; ˈgoʊldˌbrɪk for 3–5 /
verb (used without object) Slang.
to shirk responsibility or perform halfheartedly; loaf.
verb (used with object)
to swindle; cheat.
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British Dictionary definitions for gold brick
something with only a superficial appearance of value
US slang an idler or shirker
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
Word Origin and History for gold brick
"shirker," 1914, World War I armed forces slang, from earlier verb meaning "to swindle, cheat" (1902) from the old con game of selling spurious "gold" bricks (attested by 1882).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper