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brickbat

[brik-bat] /ˈbrɪkˌbæt/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; brick + bat1
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brickbat

/ˈbrɪkˌbæt/
noun
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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n.

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

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