shit a brick v.
1. to defecate after a lengthy period of constipation.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1053/1: late C.19–20.|
2. to tremble with extreme fearnote extrapolation in Cameron cit. 1995.
|You’re in the Racket, Too 248: I was sweating bricks.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 81: We laid out there under them bombs just shaking like a couple of dogs shitting peach pits.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 54: His father was probably shitting pickles.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 89: We had somebody [...] that didn’t shit a fuckin’ brick when somebody asks him his name or something.|
|Blood Brothers 24: At Cheri’s, Mott was shitting a brick.|
|Stand (1990) 243: Terrified [...] You were shitting nickels.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 37: DeDe will shit a brick!|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 231: Some guy comes up to me and I’m shitting pickles, man. [Ibid.] 233: ‘Does Candy know?’ ‘About me?’ He smiled. ‘Are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me? Candy would shit a giraffe.’.|
|(con. 1968) Citadel (1989) 122: Shaky as a dog shitting peach pits.|
|Tracks (Aus.) June 45: I’m really shitting bricks because this chick is really sloppy, it is like rooting a gum boot full of sago, and I’m sure she’s had her back blown off more than once [Moore 1993] .|
|Passing Time (1988) 80: I was having a swell time watching you shit bricks.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 64: Some kid Javed went it was Rameez’s new motor. Could hear bricks of shit bouncing off the floor.|
|Let It Bleed 103: You look to me like you’re shitting snowballs.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: shit a brick […] 2. euph. To be scared. See shit your pants.|
|Salesman 195: Listen, about what I said earlier, don’t be shittin’ bricks. I’ve done this before.|
|Robbers (2001) 350: Thought ashe was gonna shoot me. No joke. Almost shit a brick.|
|Keepers of Truth 140: I went out back, sweating bricks that a neighbour might see me.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 243: Shocked, ashamed and shitting bricks.|
|Peepshow [ebook] ‘Are you nervous?’ [...] ‘I’m shitting bricks’.|
|Black Swan Green 318: Must be shittin’ bricks.|
3. to be absolutely delighted.
|CUSS 193: Shit a brick Astonished.et al.|
|Demon (1979) 99: Wait till you see what I got for you Wentyboy, you’ll shit a brick. A solid gold brick.|
4. to be furious.
|Getting Straight 20: If we got caught, the State Board would shit a brick.|
|CUSS 193: Shit bricks Disgusted. Annoyed.et al.|
|Scruples 216: ‘Prince will shit a brick,’ Billy said with a giggle.|
|Further Tales of the City (1984) 65: My mother [...] ’d shit a brick if she knew I was doing this.|
5. to confess (through fear).
|Rough Riders 62: They couldn’t shit their bricks fast enough. One of them was literally shaking.|