- 1A small rectangular block typically made of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building.More example sentences
- Mud and wattle or sun-dried bricks are used in house building in rural areas; well-off families may use concrete blocks.
- In Guinea, most new small buildings are made of badly fired bricks, and have corrugated metal roofs.
- Cracked mortar between bricks should also be repointed by carefully removing and replacing any unsound mortar.
- 1.1Bricks collectively as a building material: this mill was built of brick [as modifier]: a large brick buildingMore example sentences
- Woodlawn is brick, a building material rarely used in early nineteenth-century Maine where lumber was so plentiful.
- Wall materials such as stucco, cement, brick, plaster, stone, and block are most resistant to high temperatures.
- The primary building material was large adobe brick, and huge pyramids towered above the city.
- 1.2A small, rectangular object: a brick of ice cream
- 2British • informal • dated A generous, helpful, and reliable person.More example sentences
- Mr. Hall is such a brick, that when we get back he is going to take us all in.
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- Block or enclose with a wall of bricks: the doors have been bricked upMore example sentences
- The walls were bricked but filled with sports pictures and the booths were all different colors.
- Those windows were bricked in because to do so was far cheaper than making the needed structural repairs.
- Some of the doors were bolted shut, some were bricked up.
be built like a brick shithouse
- see shithouse.
- Buildings: David knows how inefficient it is to tie up your capital in bricks and mortarMore example sentences
- There would be no need to pay for the bricks and mortar and the other services provided by traditional colleges.
- Direct sales - which includes the bricks and mortar retail stores - was up 45 per cent for the quarter.
- That means we will enjoy three times the profitability of traditional bricks and mortar grocers.
- [as modifier] Used to denote a business that operates conventionally rather than (or as well as) over the Internet: the bricks-and-mortar banks Compare with clicks and mortar.More example sentences
- Marketers have to be careful about comparing Internet shopping with bricks-and-mortar shopping, LaPointe warned.
- But other bricks-and-mortar businesses have found a home in cyberspace.
- Highly digitized, the transaction process is conceptually similar for both the bricks-and-mortar and the virtual banks.
a brick short of a load
- see short.
hit (or run into) a brick wall
- Face an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something.More example sentences
- I have talked to many people, but I keep hitting a brick wall.
- Sadly, this approach seemingly hit a brick wall too.
- Will efforts to end the election crisis hit a brick wall?
like a ton of bricks
- • informal With crushing weight, force, or authority: all her years of marriage suddenly fell on her like a ton of bricksMore example sentences
- I desperately tried to remember what had happened last night and suddenly, it fell upon me like a ton of bricks.
- As she stared at her reflection in the mirror, the enormity of the situation fell around her like a ton of bricks.
- Realization hit her like a ton of bricks and she staggered under the weight of it.
you can't make bricks without straw
- • proverb Nothing can be made or accomplished without proper or adequate material or information.[with biblical allusion to Exodus 5; “without straw” meant “without having straw provided” (i.e., the Israelites were required to gather the straw for themselves). A misinterpretation has led to the current sense]More example sentences
- It's no good trying to build a website if you don't know any html, you can't make bricks without straw.
- The law of value will still be there reminding us that, even under socialism, you can't make bricks without straw.
- You can't make bricks without straw and you can't portray a character just by making him up from within yourself.
late Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bricke, brike; probably reinforced by Old French brique; of unknown ultimate origin.