gold brick


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gold brick

n.
1. A bar of gilded cheap metal that appears to be genuine gold.
2. A fraudulent, worthless substitute.

gold brick

n
1. something with only a superficial appearance of value
2. informal US an idler or shirker
References in classic literature ?
Among other offerings, we were permitted to handle the jewelled belt presented to the pugilist by the State of Nevada, a gold brick from the citizens of Sacramento, and a model of himself in solid silver from the Fisticuff Club in New York.
In another moment he had taken out the jewelled belt presented to Maguire by the State of Nevada, the solid silver statuette of himself, and the gold brick from the citizens of Sacramento.
I had flown; so had the gold brick, the jewelled belt, and the silver statuette.
Raffles wished him good-morning, as well he might; for he had been upstairs to wash his face and hands; and in the prize-fighter's great hat and fur coat he might have marched round Scotland Yard itself, in spite of his having the gold brick from Sacramento in one pocket, the silver statuette of Maguire in the other, and round his waist the jewelled belt presented to that worthy by the State of Nevada.
LESLIE ROSS IS BAR DIRECTOR OF TREADSACK HOSPITALITY AND LIFESTYLE GROUP IN HOUSTON, TX, which currently includes Johnny's Gold Brick and Down House, and the upcoming concepts Hunky Dory, Foreign Correspondents and Bernadine's.
Kleinpeter appeals to local customers through cross-branding other Louisiana products, such as Ponchatoula strawberries, Bergeron pecans, and Elmer's Gold Brick Eggs.
I do, however, thank him for his offer to sell me a gold brick.
But for the uninitiated, Gold Brick is as good a place to start as any.
There was never any need for back-up as the Gold Brick was behaving like a true gent.