brick-bat

brickbat

[brik-bat]
noun
1.
a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.
2.
any rocklike missile.
3.
an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.

Origin:
1555–65; brick + bat1

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brickbat (ˈbrɪkˌbæt)
 
n
1.  a piece of brick or similar material, esp one used as a weapon
2.  blunt criticism: the critic threw several brickbats at the singer

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