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brickbat (plural brickbats)
- A piece of brick used as a weapon, especially if thrown, or placed in something like a sock and used as a club.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
- No doubt he, like me, had been buoying himself up for years with the thought that we should never meet again and that, whatever brickbats life might have in store for him, he had at least got Bertram out of his system. A nasty jar it must have been for the poor bloke having me suddenly pop up from a trap like this.
- A criticism or uncomplimentary remark.
- A section of a publication containing criticism.
- For example, it's quite common for magazines to have a section called Bouquets and Brickbats for compliments and criticisms. See for example: Reason Magazine: Daily Brickbat