Definition of brickbat in English:

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brickbat

Pronunciation: /ˈbrikˌbat/

noun

1A piece of brick, typically when used as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • The park was a chaos of frenzied movement, bodies launching over the fence, brickbats and clubs swinging.
  • She wore outfits of bright green, and hurled arguments about like brickbats.
  • We'd nip at the opposing forces heels, dodging their boots and fists, not to mention brickbats and clubs.
1.1A remark or comment which is highly critical and typically insulting: the plaudits were beginning to outnumber the brickbats
More example sentences
  • As an album, it's slightly better than the kneejerk brickbats would have you believe.
  • I'm always happy to hear from readers, whether they're delivering brickbats, bouquets or news tip-offs.
  • It was the subject of appreciation and brickbats; of Letters to the Editor and newspaper cartoons.

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Syllabification: brick·bat

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