I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke Date: 15th century 1. plural bricks or brick a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 2 1/4 × 3 3/4 × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat 2. a good-hearted person 3. a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream) 4. a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor 5. gaffe, blunder — used especially in the phrase drop a brick 6. a badly missed shot in basketball <
he threw up a brick
II. transitive verb Date: 1592 to close, face, or pave with bricks — usually used with up, in, or over

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