- 1 [countable, uncountable] a block of baked clay used for building walls, houses, and other buildings; bricks used as a building material a pile of bricks The school is built of brick. a brick wall see also redbrick
- 2[countable] a plastic or wooden block, used as a toy for young children to build things with Idioms
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to keep trying to do something that will never be successful Trying to reason with them was like banging my head against a (brick) wall.
be banging, etc. your head against a (brick) wall (informal)jump to other results
to be unable to make any progress because there is a difficulty that stops you
be up against a brick walljump to other results
buildings, when you are thinking of them in connection with how much they cost to build or how much they are worth They put their money into bricks and mortar. (business) a new Internet company without a lot of bricks-and-mortar businesses (= businesses with buildings that customers go to) brick-and-mortar businesses
bricks and mortarjump to other results
very heavily; very severely Disappointment hit her like a ton of bricks. They came down on him like a ton of bricks (= criticized him very severely).
like a ton of bricks (informal)jump to other results
used to say that you cannot work without the necessary material, money, information, etc.
you can't make bricks without strawjump to other results