Definition of brickbat
1 : a fragment of a hard material (such as a brick); especially : one used as a missile
2 : an uncomplimentary remark
Examples of brickbat in a Sentence
The candidates resorted to hurling brickbats at one another.
For all the brickbats it has received, it's a good plan.
Recent Examples of brickbat from the Web
Still, for all the brickbats thrown at it, the Nafta trade deal itself had a relatively modest impact, most studies agree.
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Origin and Etymology of brickbat
brick + 1bat (lump, fragment)
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
BRICKBAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brickbat for English Language Learners
: a criticism or rude comment
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