brick wall


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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Firefighters, Chicago police, and arson investigators were on scene investigating the fire that appeared to have gutted the red SUV and white pickup truck in the driveway and blackened the brick wall of the house they were parked outside of. Hannah Leone,, "Woman dead, several taken to hospitals after 3 early morning fires," 14 July 2018 The sun was beating down mercilessly, while heat from the asphalt and the brick wall only made things more oven-like. Maria Panaritis,, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 Shots fired from one vehicle into another Monday night on Milwaukee's north side struck two people and the brick wall of Station 30 on North Teutonia Avenue and West Locust Street. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire Department station struck by errant gunfire twice in two weeks," 10 July 2018 Facing a brick wall in the Celtics, Bron joined forces with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to thwart their common rival. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Lakers Always Made the Most Sense for LeBron James," 1 July 2018 Last July, the temperature was nearing 100 degrees as Hem Chhetri sat in the shade of a brick wall to avoid the sweltering heat in his apartment in the Windbury complex on the Northwest Side. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Refugees flee war-torn homelands for deteriorating apartment complexes in S.A.," 30 June 2018 Nameless Barbecue Exposed brick walls enclose a casual dining room furnished in picnic table style at the 56 S. 9th St. spot in downtown Noblesville. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Photo: Josh Barbanel/The Wall Street Journal The building is 18 feet wide, and the apartment has a fireplace, a large open living room and a kitchen with bare brick walls. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Step by Step, New York City Walk-Ups Climb the Price Ladder," 31 May 2018 Arched windwos on the red brick wall flanking the deck is a charming reminder of days past. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of brick wall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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