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Definition of brick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    brick

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//brɪk//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[countable] a plastic or wooden block, used as a toy for young children to build things with
  3. Idioms
    be banging, etc. your head against a (brick) wall (informal)
     
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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 up against a brick wall
     
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    to be unable to make any progress because there is a difficulty that stops you
    bricks and mortar
     
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    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
    like a ton of bricks (informal)
     
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    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).
    you can't make bricks without straw
     
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    used to say that you cannot work without the necessary material, money, information, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: brick