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gold-brick (plural gold-bricks)
- (usually attributive) Alternative form of
- 1811, H. W. Hammond, Style-book of business English, page 6:
- Pomposity of style is confined to sellers of spurious goods, whether gold-bricks, medicines, or scholarships.
- 1906, Harry Houdini, The Right Way to Do Wrong, page 72:
- A species of swindle that has been perpetrated times without number all over this country is the old gold-brick game.
- Alternative form of
- 1944, Minnesota PTA Bulletin - Volume 20, Issue 4:
- All of this costs money, but if we all determine to put our own shoulder to the wheel instead of seeing how we can gold-brick we can make Democracy work right here in our own state.
- 1965, Samuel Feinberg, How Do You Manage?, page 36:
- ... great numbers of “happy employees who are extremely loyal to the organization because they can gold-brick, be apathetic, and be non-involved in worrying about the effectiveness of the company.”
- 1966, Paul Goodman, Five years, page 197:
- No; any man is likely to be stronger than any institution—a GI can gold-brick the Pentagon.