Definition of brick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪk//
    Materials and properties, Construction
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] baked clay used for building walls, houses and other buildings; an individual block of this The school is built of brick. a pile of bricks a brick wall see also power brick, red-brick See related entries: Materials and properties, Construction
  2. 2[countable] a plastic or wooden block, used as a toy for young children to build things with
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (old-fashioned, British English, informal) a friend that you can rely on when you need help Thanks for looking after the children today—you're a real brick.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bricke, brike; probably reinforced by Old French brique; of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples He got a job at the local brick works. They moved the whole house, brick by brick. They put an extra course of bricks around the pool. We rebuilt the fireplace using salvaged bricks. a house of red brick houses of brick investing in bricks and mortar learning to lay bricks properly to invest in bricks and mortarIdioms
    be banging, etc. your head against a brick wall
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    (informal) 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
    (British English, informal) to say something that offends or embarrasses somebody, although you did not intend to
    like a cat on hot bricks (British English) North American English like a cat on a hot tin roof
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    very nervous She was like a cat on hot bricks before her driving test.
    (informal) 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).
    make bricks without straw
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    (British English) to try to work without the necessary material, money, information, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: brick