Definition of brickbat in US English:

brickbat

noun

  • 1A piece of brick, typically when used as a weapon.

    • ‘We'd nip at the opposing forces heels, dodging their boots and fists, not to mention brickbats and clubs.’
    • ‘She wore outfits of bright green, and hurled arguments about like brickbats.’
    • ‘The park was a chaos of frenzied movement, bodies launching over the fence, brickbats and clubs swinging.’
    • ‘Others hurled brickbats supplied to them by boys who had mounted a wall.’
    1. 1.1 A remark or comment which is highly critical and typically insulting.
      ‘the plaudits were beginning to outnumber the brickbats’
      • ‘I'm always happy to hear from readers, whether they're delivering brickbats, bouquets or news tip-offs.’
      • ‘It was the subject of appreciation and brickbats; of Letters to the Editor and newspaper cartoons.’
      • ‘His career has suffered and he has received many brickbats and few bouquets.’
      • ‘As an album, it's slightly better than the kneejerk brickbats would have you believe.’
      • ‘The company will have to do much better than this, if it is to avoid brickbats and lawsuits in the future.’
      diatribe, invective, polemic, denunciation, rant, broadside, attack, harangue, verbal onslaught
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Pronunciation

brickbat

/ˈbrɪkˌbæt//ˈbrikˌbat/