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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

brick + bat1, piece of brick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

brick +‎ bat Bricklaying jargon for broken bricks that cannot be used is 'bats'. The connotation is that they are useless for building purposes. Hence a brick bat is an item of negligible worth.


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