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Topic: TOYS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: brique, from Middle Dutch bricke

brick

1 noun
     
brick1 S2 W3
1 [uncountable and countable]TBC a hard block of baked clay used for building walls, houses etc:
a brick wall
a house made of brick
Protesters attacked the police with stones and bricks.
2

bricks and mortar

houses - used especially when talking about them as an investment
3 [countable] British EnglishDHT a small square block of wood, plastic etc used as a toy
4 [countable] old-fashioned a good person who you can depend on when you are in trouble

➔ be (like) banging/bashing etc your head against a brick wall

at head1 (31)

; ➔ drop a brick

at drop1 (27)
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