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bricks and mortar

Definition of bricks and mortar in English:

1Buildings, typically housing: untold acres are being buried under bricks and mortar
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  • 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.
1.1A house considered in terms of its value as an investment: a simple re-mortgage can release the value tied up in your bricks and mortar
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  • 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.
1.2 [as modifier] Used to denote a business that operates conventionally rather than (or as well as) over the Internet: the bricks-and-mortar banks
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  • 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.
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