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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
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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.
He also ensured investors that trade would be conducted according to shariah basis and at any given end-of -trade; physical gold in form of gold bricks would be transferred to Atif's Vault, being maintained by trading companies.
The gold bricks are sourced from a Spanish fishing village called Cadaques where the handmade brick manufacturer, Ceramica La Covadonga, has been perfecting the craft for more than 100 years.
There are many worlds to explore and you progress from one world to the other by collecting gold bricks, which is the central purpose of the game.
They could have been constructed from gold bricks and silver girders and cost less.
Yet pennies or any denomination below gold bricks are the farthest thing from the Vision G concept.
He further informed that 5kg gold bricks from the residence of ANP leader were recovered in a raid conducted at his residence after he confessed to have concealed gold at his house in Peshawar.
To help tell their stories, he filmed the mining sequence from start to finish; the cinematography capturing the rhythm, sound and the patterns of workers mucking the raw ore thousands of feet below ground to the final pouring of gold bricks at surface.
All of which seems, to some, far too much security for gold bricks. So there must be something else inside.