like a ton of bricks

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like a ton of bricks definition


  1. mod.
    like something very ponderous and heavy. : Hitting the back end of that truck was like hitting a ton of bricks.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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like a ton of bricks

Very heavily, without subtlety. For example, If he doesn't like your work, he'll come down on you like a ton of bricks. This expression, often coupled with come down on (def. 1), replaced the earlier thousand of brick or hundred of brick. The allusion in all these is to the considerable weight of such a load. [Early 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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