- 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.
- It was a large brick with a massive battery issued by someone like Motorola.
- The classic brick phone had an LED screen and boasted 30 minutes of talk time with eight hours of standby.
- The first hand-held phones, affectionately known as "bricks", were still big and bulky, only made voice calls, and cost more than $4000.
- The 4.0.1 update has turned my phone into a brick.
- I need to somehow upgrade my Android 2.2 to 2.3 or higher - not as easy as you think without turning your cell into a brick.
- Cracked screens, broken casings and malfunctioning operating systems short-circuited by moisture damage or dust infiltration can cause massive headaches and turn an expensive device into a useless brick.
- Mr. Hall is such a brick, that when we get back he is going to take us all in.
- 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 last time we did a major over-the-air update on a phone, it bricked a perfectly good Sony Ericsson.
- I called customer service and their suggestions bricked the phone.
- Not all ROMs work on all phones and you can definitely brick your phone by failing to flash a ROM correctly.
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]2.1 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
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]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.
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.