brickbat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brickbat blunt criticism
    • n brickbat a fragment of brick used as a weapon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brickbat A piece or fragment of a brick. See 1st Bat n. 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brickbat A piece or fragment of a brick; especially, a piece of a brick used as a missile. See bat, 8.
    • brickbat To assail with pieces of brick: as, the mob brickbatted the police.
    • n brickbat Hornblende schist, which upon weathering breaks up into rectangular blocks from three sets of joints.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Brickbat a piece of brick
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brique, from root of Break.

Usage

In literature:

But he came back with a brickbat and hammered like a blacksmith at the spring.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
There were philosophers who devised schemes for paying off the National Debt, or for making roast ribs of beef out of brickbats.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
There is no more soul in him than there is in a brickbat, mother.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
When women were speaking in Pennsylvania Hall, brickbats were hurled at, them through the windows.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Brickbats and tiles, Say the bells of St. Giles.
"The Only True Mother Goose Melodies" by Munroe and Francis
They had to stand in it with the water up to their knees, and rub its sides with brickbats.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
It was tangible as a brickbat, self-evident as the sun.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Losing his temper, the informer threw a brickbat in return.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Such of the citizens as could, armed themselves with brickbats.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
I'll bet bonds to brickbats he got all the fight there was in them out of his men.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
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In poetry:

With throwing of brickbats,
Drowned puppies and dead rats,
These ruffin democrats themselves did lower;
Tin kettles, rotten eggs,
Cabbage-stalks, and wooden legs,
They flung among the patriots of Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Ethnically insensitive Summer's Eve ads draw eyeballs and brickbats.
Feedback, brickbats, shameless lobbying to: Tim.
Japan's nationalists may bristle at the surrender of territory as a dangerous precedent in its other maritime disputes , but removing the Chinese brickbat over their heads might prove enough incentive.
Based on the e-mails, brickbats and live grenades sent me the last few weeks, it's time to come clean: I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.
Brickbats Fly at 'Liz & Dick.
Brickbats, insults won't forge trust between Waco animal rescue groups.
Ethnically insensitive Summer's Eve ads draw eyeballs and brickbats.
No brickbats hurled with abandon.
Stand too close to Lulu , Lou Reed and Metallica's new collaboration-concept-album, and you risk collateral brickbats.
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