brick

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Construction, Toys
brickbrick1 /brɪk/ ●●● S2 W3 noun 1 [countable, uncountable]TBC a hard block of baked clay used for building walls, houses etc a brick wall a house made of brick Protesters attacked the police with stones and bricks.2 bricks and mortar3 [countable] British EnglishDHT a small square block of wood, plastic etc used as a toy4 [countable]NICE old-fashioned a good person who you can depend on when you are in trouble5 bricks to clicks be (like) banging/bashing etc your head against a brick wall at head1(31), → drop a brick at drop1(27)
Examples from the Corpus
brickStriding away from the house, Carolyn stubbed her toe badly on a brick end and had to sit down to nurse it.Inside, the church has cream-washed walls, a brick floor and green painted pews.Stack bales like giant bricks to make the walls.Helen piled bricks up in front of the stove, climbed up on them and began dropping the clothes in.Janet's a real brick.That was a real building, with real bricks.A sudden gust of rain dashed against the red bricks that were already stained in patches by water.The 300 or so brick kilns of Juarez are just part of the problem.Ornate patterns are carved into the bricks framing the entrance.
brickbrick2 verb be bricking it brick something ↔ off brick something ↔ up/in→ See Verb tableOrigin brick1 (1400-1500) French brique, from Middle Dutch bricke