- 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.
- 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.
- We hadn't come 5,000 miles to a land of forests to spend our time pining for theme parks made out of little plastic bricks.
- They're designed to fit together in a stack, just like the famous Danish plastic bricks.
- Thanks to his wooden toy bricks, he had mastered ‘the laws of practical stability in towers and arches’.
- I've had a mobile phone for ten years. Not the same phone, obviously. My first one was a brick.
- You were lucky to have a flip phone, I had one of those Motorola bricks as my first cell phone.
- I remember my Dad bringing home a big brick cell phone in the 80s.
- The update downloaded and said to restart my phone. I did and now it's a brick.
- My phone is a brick and I really just don't understand what I can't do to fix it.
- If you can't recover your ID or re-set your password, it's a brick.
- She really is a brick.
- He's a brick, a chip off the old block, a good 'un.
- Large, jolly and boisterous, Carol is regarded as something of a brick, and there are sound reasons for the affection she commands.
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- 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.
- The cheek of this man to accuse Barnsley fans of violence is breathtakingpresumably it was Barnsley fans who bricked their own team bus after the game at Anfield and not Liverpool fans?
- We then started bricking the coaches as they slowly went past, one after the other.
- She had just sped off on her bicycle after bricking a window.
- Note that any interruption at this point - reboot, disconnection from PC or power off - will permanently brick the device.
- Many computers include recovery features in their BIOS that allow them to recover from an interrupted BIOS flash that would normally brick the device.
- Bby hacking your standard model, you run the chance of bricking your phone the next time it's updated, potentially voiding your warranty at the same time.
English brick is found only from the middle of the 15th century. It was probably introduced by Flemish workmen, for it is a Low German word and Flemings were associated with early brick making. Use of the word was probably reinforced by Old French brique ‘a form of loaf’. Some French dialects still have the phrase brique de pain ‘piece of bread’. The ultimate origin is unknown.
a brick short of a load
- see short.
bricks and mortar
- Buildings, typically housing: untold acres are being buried under 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.
- 2.1A house considered in terms of its value as an investment: a simple re-mortgage can release the value tied up in your bricks and mortarMore example sentences
- We employ Inuit people and we've invested in bricks and mortar in Nunavut.
- People preferred to invest in bricks and mortar rather than in volatile equities.
- Most aim to help producers gain more clout in the marketplace without investing in bricks and mortar.
- [as modifier]2.1 Used to denote a business that operates conventionally rather than (or as well as) over the Internet: the bricks-and-mortar banksMore 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.
brick by brick
- A little bit at a time: he built IBM brick by brick from an agglomeration of small enterprisesMore example sentences
- On 12 August, Ben Smith wrote a column in The Guardian in which he took the politician apart, brick by brick.
- Propagandists exhorted the weary populace to rebuild the country, which they did, brick by brick, despite the harangues.
- The solution is to undo the last 35 years, brick by brick.
come up against (or hit) a brick wall
- Face an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something: at this age when you come up against a brick wall, you do sometimes feel like screaming with frustrationMore 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: the FA came down on him 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.
London to a brick on
- Australian informal Used to indicate that something is certain or highly probable: I will bet you London to a brick on that this goes nowhere[ Early 20th century: from brick meaning 'a ten pound note' due to the reddish-brown colour of the note]More example sentences
- It was London to a brick that Woods would take this Masters, but he never got really close.
- It was a good rally today but London to a brick on I will only get back half of what was lost yesterday.
- You can bet London to a brick Harris will break down soon.
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 Exod. 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]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.