What does brickbat mean?

brickbat meaning in General Dictionary

an item or fragment of a brick See 1st Bat n 4

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  • a fragment of brick made use of as a weapon
  • dull critique
  • A piece or fragment of a brick. See Bat, 4.

brickbat meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-16c., bit of stone (1 / 2 or less) made use of as a missile, from stone (letter.) + bat (n.1). Figurative usage, of reviews, insults, etc., is from 1640s.