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  • n. Plural form of brickbat.


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  • He came back presently and said his principal was charmed with the idea of brickbats at three-quarters of a mile, but must decline on account of the danger to disinterested parties passing between them.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • Mysteries are common enough, at any rate, whatever the boys in Roxbury and Dorchester think of "brickbats" and the spawn of creatures that live in roadside puddles.

    The Professor at the Breakfast-Table

  • "brickbats" and the spawn of creatures that live in roadside puddles.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • Let's start with a little context: The $26 billion settlement package of course received as many brickbats as it did kudos, but whatever you think about its specifics, you need to know that American residential real estate today is estimated to be about $700 billion underwater.

    Adam Levin: Mortgages, Greece & Obama's Budget: The Global Financial Literacy Crisis

  • Being a West Coast start-up there is the inevitable clashes of ego between critics and supporters; CEO Dave Morin earned praise for his speedy response immediately deleting the data but brickbats for doing it in the first place.

    Your Address Book Could Be Migrating

  • Brown has had his fair share of brickbats of late, but there was more to his anti-poverty campaign than slogans of the "we are all in this together" variety.

    Tax cuts for high earners make no sense – give them to those on low incomes

  • So rather than throwing brickbats at Mr. Tarullo, as many bankers have been doing in recent days, they should send him bouquets.


  • Previews have garnered praise and brickbats in equal measure.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • He's receiving brickbats from all sides, of course, but vilification has never stopped him before.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • The story of a promiscuous schoolteacher who is murdered drew howls from feminists and brickbats from some critics, but the movie—aided by controversy over its lurid ending—was Brooks's last box-office success.

    Hard-Nosed Hollywood


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