from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A piece, especially of brick, used as a weapon or missile.
- n. An unfavorable remark; a criticism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. : A piece of brick used as a weapon, especially if thrown, or placed in something like a sock and used as a club.
- n. A criticism or uncomplimentary remark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece or fragment of a brick. See 1st bat, n. 4.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To assail with pieces of brick: as, the mob brickbatted the police.
- n. A piece or fragment of a brick; especially, a piece of a brick used as a missile. See bat, 8.
- n. Hornblende schist, which upon weathering breaks up into rectangular blocks from three sets of joints.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. blunt criticism
- n. a fragment of brick used as a weapon
I do not feel any dereliction of duty but do feel that your brickbat is a duffer.
To swell into the hammer-swinging hardhat who loomed in the parlor sipping vodka and orange juice, hurling brickbat words and scraps of heart shrapnel at my mother, sister and me.
Doug Muzzio , a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, praised Mr. Stringer's report on the substance but also characterized it as a political brickbat.
As described spot-on by Timothy Garton Ash in The Guardian newspaper, "In France, genocide has become a political brickbat," Jan. 18: ... a tragedy which should be the subject for grave commemoration and free historical debate, calmly testing even wayward hypotheses against the evidence, is reduced to an instrument of political manipulation, a politician's brickbat.
The word has a sexual connotation -- which, by the by -- the Tea Party movement embraced for itself before it became used as a brickbat against them.
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Since then, Democrats have done their best to turn this moment into a redux of the Lowden "chicken" flap -- a brickbat that they can use to hit Kasich with again and again.
The Maloney campaign plans to use Ms. Saujani's financial experience as a brickbat, aiming to take advantage of the anti-Wall Street climate.
His father was a brawling shipyard-pipe fitter, “built like a Birmingham brickbat, but lacking all the wit and modesty God gave a cobblestone.”
Today, on MSNBC, the notion of "moral obligation" was offered both as a central driving principle behind reform -- and as a brickbat against the "angry" left, and their pursuit of a public option.
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