goldbrick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v goldbrick avoid (one's assigned duties) "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
    • v goldbrick deprive of by deceit "He swindled me out of my inheritance","She defrauded the customers who trusted her","the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
    • n goldbrick anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless
    • n goldbrick a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not
    • n goldbrick an idle worthless person
    • n goldbrick a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
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Usage

In literature:

I do not feel hard toward goldbrick men and "blue sky" venders.
"The University of Hard Knocks" by Ralph Parlette
Out with the goldbrick first.
"The Gentle Grafter" by O. Henry
And you, you goldbricks, get the lead out of your pants!
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
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In news:

Prober uses Facebook to nail perv, goldbrick NY teachers.
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