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Definition of "brickbat" [brick•bat]

  • A piece, especially of brick, used as a weapon or missile. (noun)
  • An unfavorable remark; a criticism. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brickbat" in a sentence
  • "I do not feel any dereliction of duty but do feel that your brickbat is a duffer."
  • "To swell into the hammer-swinging hardhat who loomed in the parlor sipping vodka and orange juice, hurling brickbat words and scraps of heart shrapnel at my mother, sister and me."
  • "Doug Muzzio , a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, praised Mr. Stringer's report on the substance but also characterized it as a political brickbat."