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brickbat

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noun brick·bat \ˈbrik-ˌbat\

Simple Definition of brickbat

  • : a criticism or rude comment

Full Definition of brickbat

  1. 1 :  a fragment of a hard material (as a brick); especially :  one used as a missile

  2. 2 :  an uncomplimentary remark

Examples of brickbat

  1. The candidates resorted to hurling brickbats at one another.

  2. For all the brickbats it has received, it's a good plan.



Origin of brickbat

brick + 1bat (lump, fragment)


First Known Use: 1579


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