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brick



Pronunciation: (brik), [key]
n.
1. a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building, paving, etc.: traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle 2¼ × 3¾ × 8 in. (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.
2. such blocks collectively.
3. the material of which such blocks are made.
4. any block or bar having a similar size and shape: a gold brick; an ice-cream brick.
5. the length of a brick as a measure of thickness, as of a wall: one and a half bricks thick.
6. Informal.an admirably good or generous person.
7. drop a brick, to make a social gaffe or blunder, esp. an indiscreet remark.
8. hit the bricks,
a. to walk the streets, esp. as an unemployed or homeless person.
b. to go on strike: With contract talks stalled, workers are threatening to hit the bricks. Also,take to the bricks.
9. make bricks without straw,
a. to plan or act on a false premise or unrealistic basis.
b. to create something that will not last: To form governments without the consent of the people is to make bricks without straw.
c. to perform a task despite the lack of necessary materials.

v.t.
to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.

adj.
made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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