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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Yet, to himself, he made the excuse of going to Glen Ellen for the purpose of inspecting the brickyard with which Holdsworthy had goldbricked him.
Due to the general outrage over our humiliation at the hands of the British alliance, goldbricks and malingerers, or those perceived as such, were shot on the flimsiest of excuses.
In addition to removing psychoneurosis's associations with the feminine, Morriss also clearly separates psychiatric casualties from the military's most reviled persons: "cowards" and "goldbricks" (p.