brick

brick [brik]
n.
[ME brike < MDu < breken, BREAK (in sense “piece of baked clay”) & MFr brique < OFr, of same orig.]
1. a substance made from clay molded into oblong blocks and fired in a kiln or baked in the sun, used in building, paving, etc.
2. one of these blocks, of any of various standard sizes
3. bricks collectively
4. anything shaped like a brick
5. [Old Informal] a fine person
adj.
1. built or paved with brick
2. like brick [brick red]
vt.
to face, pave, etc. with brick
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brick up or brick in
to close or wall in with brick
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☆ hit the bricks
Slang to go out on strike
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make bricks without straw [from use of straw as binding agent in sun-baked bricks: cf. Ex. 5:7]
to do something without the necessary material

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