1. the lit. or fig. solidity/density of the object.
(a) [early 19C+] a reliable, kind, selfless person.
(b) [mid-19C] (Aus.) in ironic use of sense 1a, a gang member, a wayward young man; thus brickism, the philosophy of joining and acting in a gang.
(c) [late 19C] (US campus) courage, spirit, ‘pluck’.
(d) [late 19C] as my brick, a term of friendly address.
(e) [1900s] (Aus.) a thug, a tough.
(f) [1910s] an attractive person.
(g) [1910s–20s] a fool.
(h) [1960s+] (US campus) a mess, a failure.
(i) see brickhouse n.2 (1)
2. the shape of the object.
(a) [mid–late 19C] (US, also bricking) a punishment, performed by bringing someone’s knees close up to the chin and tying the arms tightly to the knees.
(b) [1950s] (US prison) a carton of cigarettes.
(c) [1960s+] (drugs) a block of opium, morphine or marijuana; usu. 1kg (2.2lb).
(d) [1970s+] 1kg (2.2lb) of heroin; but note volume in cite 2010: 700 gms/1.5 lb.
(e) [1970s+] (US drugs) 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine or crack cocaine.
(f) [1990s+] a large piece of excrement.
(g) [2000s] one gram of heroin.
(h) a box of ammunition.
3. the trad. colour – red – of a brick.
(a) [late 19C+] (Aus.) a £10 or $10 note (which is red).
(b) [1950s+] by ext. of sense 3a, a ten-year prison sentence.
(c) [1980s+] (Aus. prison) by ext. of sense 3a, a 10lb weight.
[mid-19C] a general term of approbation; thus brickishness n., the quality of being good-hearted.
SE in slang uses
1. in Sydney, a sudden squally wind, bringing relief at the end of a hot day although sometimes accompanied by a dust-storm.
2. a hot, dusty wind that blows over parts of northern Australia.
1. [1930s–50s] a block of unprocessed opium.
2. [1980s+] heroin.
[1970s] a stupid person.
see separate entries.
[late 19C] a clergyman.
[late 19C-1930s] (US black) a tramp, a vagrant.
[mid-19C+] (US) a redhead; also as adj.; thus brick-topped, redheaded.
see under bricks n.
[mid–late 19C] (orig. US) to be extremely drunk.
[mid-19C+] with the full force of one’s anger or aggression; often as come down on someone like...
see press the bricks under bricks n.