Meaning of BRICK in English

BRICK

/ brɪk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C , U ] 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 red-brick —picture at house

2.

[ C ] a plastic or wooden block, used as a toy for young children to build things with

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] ( old-fashioned , BrE , informal ) a friend that you can rely on when you need help

IDIOMS

- be up against a brick wall

- bricks and mortar

- make bricks without straw

—more at cat noun , drop verb , head noun , ton noun

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- brick sth in / up

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Middle Low German , Middle Dutch bricke , brike ; probably reinforced by Old French brique ; of unknown ultimate origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.