like a ton of bricks

Definition of like a ton of bricks


  1. :  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

  1. :  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

  1. :  the prevailing fashion :  vogue

    :  the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

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  1. :  a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 214 × 334 × 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)

  1. :  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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to criticize severely

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