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.
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gold brick

n
1. something with only a superficial appearance of value
2. informal US an idler or shirker
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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.
The Lower East Side is getting a new golden gateway with its first gold brick building at 196 Orchard Street.
Harte Gold, which poured its first gold brick in mid-October, hosted Premier Doug Ford and Mines Minister Greg Rickford on Oct.
Three handguns and a counterfeit gold brick were seized from Santos Saiwan, 53; Robert Tomas and Ryan Ambin of Marilog district here during an entrapment operation at Sitio Kibangan, Marilog proper at 2:30 p.m., Chief Insp.
According to CNN, the gold brick lighthouse features two blue stars, commemorating the youngster who introduced himself saying, "I'm Lane Thomas; I'm 2."
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While this will surely please all those who want their phone to match their jewellery, would you really want to be seen speaking into a gold brick?
What might have been a terrifying inversion of everything he knew - as disturbing as the experiences of the opposite flow of men from close mining communities into the theatre of war - was an experience that Michael continues to look back on in his 80s as his 'gold brick in the cellar', a set of memories that grounded and enriched him on his way through life.