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1. A piece, especially of brick, that is used as a weapon or missile.
2. An unfavorable remark; a criticism.

[brick + bat, piece of brick.]
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1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of brick or similar material, esp one used as a weapon
2. blunt criticism: the critic threw several brickbats at the singer.
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1. a piece of broken brick, esp. one used as a missile.
2. an unkind or unfavorable remark.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brickbat - a fragment of brick used as a weapon
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
2.brickbat - blunt criticism
criticism, unfavorable judgment - disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
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مُلاحَظَةٌ قاسِيَه، انتِقادٌ لاذشع
bántó megjegyzés


[ˈbrɪkbæt] Ntrozo m de ladrillo (fig) → crítica f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈbrɪkbæt] nviolente critique fbrick-built [ˈbrɪkbɪlt] adjen brique(s)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈbrɪkˌbæt] npezzo di mattone (fig) → critica
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(brik) noun
(a block of) baked clay used for building. a pile of bricks; (also adjective) a brick wall.
ˈbrickbat noun
an insult. They hurled brickbats at the politician throughout his speech.
ˈbricklayer noun
a person who builds (houses etc) with bricks.
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References in classic literature ?
George's Fields, the Bank attacked, the Tower threatened, the streets of London flowing with blood, a detachment of the Twelfth Light Dragoons (the hopes of the nation) called up from Northampton to quell the insurgents, and the gallant Captain Frederick Tilney, in the moment of charging at the head of his troop, knocked off his horse by a brickbat from an upper window.
They carry a rusty old weather-beaten flint-lock gun, with a barrel that is longer than themselves; it has no sights on it, it will not carry farther than a brickbat, and is not half so certain.
By the living jingo, Brickbat wins in a walk!" And now he's talking about receding from essential positions!
- is as blind as a brickbat; but this family's out of the cart, I think!'
It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant.
These being all rejected, I reflected awhile, and sarcastically suggested brickbats at three-quarters of a mile.
They were so incensed at the conduct of the British Commodore Knowles, who had impressed some of their fellow-citizens, that several thousands of them surrounded the council chamber and threw stones and brickbats into the windows.
When- ever he ordered up the danger-signals along the coast there was a week's dead calm, sure, and every time he prophesied fair weather it rained brickbats. But I kept him in the weather bureau right along, to undermine his reputation.
I should rather enjoy the brickbats and hooting, I think."
Farewell; and run quickly, for I shall send the herd in more swiftly than their brickbats. I am no wizard, Messua.
If luck would have it that animals spoke as they did in the days of Guisopete, it would not be so bad, because I could talk to Rocinante about whatever came into my head, and so put up with my ill-fortune; but it is a hard case, and not to be borne with patience, to go seeking adventures all one's life and get nothing but kicks and blanketings, brickbats and punches, and with all this to have to sew up one's mouth without daring to say what is in one's heart, just as if one were dumb."
Now a bed among brickbats and ballast-refuse on a damp night, between overcrowded horses and unwashed Baltis, would not appeal to many white boys; but Kim was utterly happy.