like a ton of bricks
Definition of like a ton of bricks
: 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
: a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet —called also register ton
: a unit approximately equal to the volume of a long ton weight of seawater used in reckoning the displacement of ships and equal to 35 cubic feet
: a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet —called also measurement ton
: the prevailing fashion : vogue
: the quality or state of being smart or fashionable
: 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
: a good-hearted person
: a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)
: to close, face, or pave with bricks
: to render (an electronic device, such as a smartphone) nonfunctional (as by accidental damage, malicious hacking, or software changes)
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