Definition of gold brick in US English:

gold brick


  • 1A thing that looks valuable but is in fact worthless.

    1. 1.1 A con man.
      • ‘He'd catch up to the goldbrickers in a moment, he just needed to rest.’
      • ‘In such small communities, thieves, liars, and goldbrickers could easily be identified.’
    2. 1.2 A lazy person.
      as modifier ‘hardworking Amos and goldbrick Andy’
      • ‘We finished the pen around the time those two goldbrickers returned from their joyride.’


[no object]US
  • 1Invent excuses to avoid a task; shirk.

    ‘he wasn't goldbricking; he was really sick’
    evade one's duty, be remiss, be negligent, skulk, play truant, malinger
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    1. 1.1with object Swindle (someone).
      swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull
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gold brick

/ˈɡōld ˌbrik//ˈɡoʊld ˌbrɪk/