flying brick

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flying brick (plural flying bricks)

  1. (aviation, colloquial) An aircraft which is too heavy and lacks sufficient power to be maneuvered easily.
  2. (informal, chiefly humorous) A fictional character who has superstrength, invulnerability and the ability to fly.

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Often used to describe the Space Shuttle after its return to the Earth's atmosphere.

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