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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2016-03-13 02:06 pm

Prompt #243

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Today's word is: brick

brick [brik]

noun
1. a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building, paving, etc.: traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle 2.25 × 3.75 × 8 inches (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.
2. such blocks collectively.
3. the material of which such blocks are made.
4. any block or bar having a similar size and shape: a gold brick; an ice-cream brick.
5. the length of a brick as a measure of thickness, as of a wall: one and a half bricks thick.
6. Informal. an admirably good or generous person.
7. Informal. an electronic device that has become completely nonfunctional.

verb (used with object)
8. to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.
9. Informal. to cause (an electronic device) to become completely nonfunctional: I bricked my phone while doing the upgrade.

adjective
10. made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.

Idioms
11. drop a brick, to make a social gaffe or blunder, especially an indiscreet remark.
12. hit the bricks, or take to the bricks.
...a to walk the streets, especially as an unemployed or homeless person.
...b to go on strike: With contract talks stalled, workers are threatening to hit the bricks.
13. make bricks without straw,
...a to plan or act on a false premise or unrealistic basis.
...b to create something that will not last: To form governments without the consent of the people is to make bricks without straw.
...c to perform a task despite the lack of necessary materials.

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