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hit someone like a ton of bricks

Slang definitions & phrases for hit someone like a ton of bricks

hit someone like a ton of bricks

verb phrase

To have a great sudden impact on, esp by surprise: Then the answer hit me like a ton of bricks

[1920s+; based on the mid-1800s term fall upon someone like a thousand bricks]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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