Meaning of BRICK in English

BRICK

■ noun

1》 a small rectangular block of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building.

↘~s collectively as a building material.

2》 Brit. informal, dated a generous, helpful, and reliable person.

■ verb block or enclose with a wall of ~s.

Phrases

~s and mortar

1》 buildings, especially housing.

2》 [as modifier ] denoting a business that operates conventionally rather than (or as well as) via the Internet.

like a ton of ~s informal with crushing weight, force, or authority.

Origin

ME: from Mid. Low Ger., MDu. ~e , brike ; prob. reinforced by OFr. brique ; of unknown ultimate origin.

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