brickbat mid-16c., piece of brick (half or less) used as a missile, from BRICK (Cf. brick) (n.) + BAT (Cf. bat) (n.1). Figurative use, of comments, insults, etc., is from 1640s.

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  • Brickbat — Brick bat , n. A piece or fragment of a brick. See 1st {Bat}, n. 4. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brickbat — ► NOUN 1) a piece of brick used as a missile. 2) a critical remark or reaction …   English terms dictionary

  • brickbat — [brik′bat΄] n. 1. a piece of brick, esp. one used as a missile 2. an unfavorable or critical remark …   English World dictionary

  • brickbat — UK [ˈbrɪkˌbæt] / US noun [countable] Word forms brickbat : singular brickbat plural brickbats mainly journalism a severe criticism …   English dictionary

  • brickbat — brick|bat [ˈbrıkbæt] n written [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: brickbat piece of brick (as thrown at someone) (16 20 centuries), from brick + bat piece of brick (16 17 centuries)] a criticism of something ▪ The plan has drawn both brickbats and praise …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brickbat — noun Etymology: brick + 1bat (lump, fragment) Date: 1579 1. a fragment of a hard material (as a brick); especially one used as a missile 2. an uncomplimentary remark …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brickbat — /brik bat /, n. 1. a piece of broken brick, esp. one used as a missile. 2. any rocklike missile. 3. an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats. [1555 65; BRICK + BAT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • brickbat — noun A criticism or uncomplimentary remark hurled at artwork or other recipient. Not honoured, hardly even envied; only fools and the flunkey species so much as envy me. I am conspicuous, as a mark for curses and brickbats. What good is it? …   Wiktionary

  • brickbat — Synonyms and related words: Irish confetti, affront, aspersion, atrocity, bola, bolt, boomerang, contempt, contumely, countermissile, cut, despite, dump, enormity, flout, flouting, gibe, humiliation, indignity, injury, insult, jeer, jeering,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • brickbat — brick|bat [ brık,bæt ] noun count MAINLY JOURNALISM a severe criticism: tossing brickbats at politicians …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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