like a ton of bricks

Definition of like a ton of bricks

informal
:very hard or severely
  • The loss of his job hit him like a ton of bricks.
  • Our boss came down on us like a ton of bricks.

Word by Word Definitions

ton play
  1. : any of various units of weight:

  2. : short ton — see Weights and Measures Table

  3. : metric ton

  1. : the prevailing fashion : vogue

  2. : the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

brick play bricks
  1. : a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 2¹/₄ × 3³/₄ × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat

  2. : a good-hearted person

  3. : a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)

  1. : to close, face, or pave with bricks

  2. : to render (an electronic device, such as a smartphone) nonfunctional (as by accidental damage, malicious hacking, or software changes)


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