brick·​bat | \ ˈbrik-ˌbat How to pronounce brickbat (audio) \

Definition of brickbat

1 : a fragment of a hard material (such as a brick) especially : one used as a missile
2 : an uncomplimentary remark

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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.

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Lenny, who was accustomed to brickbats, picked himself up and kept his conducting dates, but Jamie believes that Felicia, suffering from public humiliation, was never the same. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Years of critical brickbats toughened Albee’s already tough hide and taught him to trust only himself. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Is Edward Albee ‘At Home at the Zoo’? You Bet He Is.," 21 Feb. 2018 Winfrey resisted hurling brickbats at the president, but her DeMille acceptance speech was nonetheless sharply topical. Mike Scott,, "What Oprah Winfrey said in her show-stopping Golden Globes moment," 8 Jan. 2018 If so, would the gesture be worth the brickbats for participating in the charade? Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Should minority coach play along with Raiders’ charade?," 3 Jan. 2018 Yet Trollope also recognized that brickbats too readily brandished lose their power to stun. Thomas Mallon, New York Times, "Should Critics Aim to Be Open-Minded or to Pass Judgment?," 29 Aug. 2017 Still, for all the brickbats thrown at it, the Nafta trade deal itself had a relatively modest impact, most studies agree. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs," 29 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of brickbat

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brickbat

brick + bat entry 1 (lump, fragment)

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The first known use of brickbat was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of brickbat

: a criticism or rude comment

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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