brick|bat

brick|bat «BRIHK BAT», noun, verb, -bat|ted, -bat|ting.
–n.
1. a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile: »

A number of members of the police force received injuries from brickbats hurled by the crowd (Times of India).

2. Figurative. an insult or sharp criticism: »

It's not at all unusual for a tax program to draw brickbats (Wall Street Journal).

–v.t.
1. to pelt with brickbats: »

The Republican procession was brick-batted (Boston Journal).

2. Figurative. to insult or criticize sharply: »

Amis…wrote his sardonic original with the idea of brickbatting university life (Newsweek).


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