brick wall

noun

Definition of brick wall

1 : a wall made of brick
2 : an immovable block or obstruction the plan ran into a brick wall

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The palace itself is made of massive mud-brick walls, some six feet thick. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoir," 1 July 2019 Black booths, high-tops, a brick wall, and lots of wood flesh out the tavern vibe. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: Prohibition-era Arvada Tavern is all about the (really great) drinks," 26 June 2019 It's redecorated the two-level restaurant — new lighting, staining the wooden floor blue, adding a mural to one of the brick walls — and switched the menu to one with fillings like fried chicken, blue cheese and hot-sauce aioli ($3.25 apiece). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blue Bat Kitchen is serving tacos and tequila in the Third Ward," 28 Apr. 2018 On a too-hard dirt track, the hoof barely slows down before slamming into a solid surface, like a car hitting a brick wall. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 Talking to someone like that is talking to a brick wall. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Shaymaa Ismaa'eel, the Muslim Girl Who Posed for Pics in front of Islamophobic Protestors," 24 Apr. 2019 Constantly awash in California sunlight, the bookstore, with its blond wood and exposed brick walls, boasts an eclectic selection of new and vintage books and magazines, some 1,000-plus titles in all. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Bibliophiles Rejoice! L.A. Has a Cool New Bookstore—Nicole Richie and Jeffrey Deitch Are Already Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 Sharbats, sparkling coolers flavored with sour cherry, ginger or mint and cucumber, are also served in the fairly simple, narrow room with white brick walls and an open kitchen. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 Now on the market for $1.065M, the 1978 design has luxe touches including white brick walls, refinished wood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "’70s house perfect for art collectors asks $1.1M," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of brick wall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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