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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: brickbat 'piece of brick (as thrown at someone)' (16-20 centuries), from brick + bat 'piece of brick' (16-17 centuries)

brickbat

noun
     
brickā€§bat [countable] written
a criticism of something:
The plan has drawn both brickbats and praise.

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