Green’s Dictionary of Slang

brick n.

[the solidity of the object]

1. the lit. or fig. solidity/density of the object.

(a) a reliable, kind, selfless person.

[UK] ‘Architectural Atoms’ in H. Smith Rejected Addresses 92: Some half baked rover [...] Soon quits his Cyprian for his married brick.
‘A Loaf of Bread’ [ballad] I think you’re a brick to do that, Johnny Green; / I think you’re a brick to do that.
[US]A. Greene Glance at N.Y. I iv: You’re a perfect brick!
[UK]R. Barham ‘Lord of Thoulouse’ Ingoldsby Legends (1847) 193: Rigmaree, you’re a Brick!
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Mar. 2/4: The men came to the scratch with confidence and slogged away like bricks.
[UK]Paul Pry Nov. n.p.: ‘Frank,’ is a brick, and no mistake.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 25 Mar. 1/3: He [...] came up to the knock-me-down scratch like a rig’lar brick.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) II 204: He was also considered to be one of those hilarious fragments of masonry, popularly known as ‘jolly bricks’.
[US]Green Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, VT) 2 Feb. 1/2: ‘Ha! ha! ha!’ laughed Marnelli [...] ‘you are a brick, Slocum, a brick’.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 316/1: They thought, to use their own words, ‘he was a jolly old brick’.
Gympie Times (Qld) 11 Jan. 3/6: The highest compliment you can pay him is to tell him that he is a ‘regular brick’.
[US]M. Thompson Hoosier Mosaics 116: Let him go on, he’ll give you a lively one. He’s a brick.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Feb. 4/3: At puddings and pies she’s a ‘stunner,’ / At roasting and boiling no chick; In fact, she’s really ‘A1’-er – / A regular housekeeping brick.
[UK]Leics. Chron. 31 May 12/1: You’re a brick, Fred, and no mistake.
[UK]G. du Maurier Trilby 352: Willy behaved like a brick.
[UK]J. Conrad Lord Jim 115: ‘You are a brick,’ he cried next in a muffled voice.
[UK]W. Sickert New Age 3 Mar. 569: Cheer up, Sir Roger, you are a jolly brick! / For if you ain’t Sir Roger, you are Old Nick!
Hartford Courant (CT) 10 Dec. 11/2: ‘You’re a brick, all right, Bill’.
[UK]Auden ‘Shorts’ Coll. Poems (1976) 55: She gives him hell / When he is well, / But she’s a brick / When he is sick.
[UK]W. Holtby South Riding (1988) 278: Mavis has been a brick! I can’t tell you the way that little woman’s thrown herself into my interests.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 419: I think you’re a brick.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘Sympathy in White Major’ High Windows 11: A brick, a trump, a proper sport.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 75: Helen was not just a brick, but a mate. I’d do my best.

(b) (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; note cit. 1848.

[Aus]Tasmanian Weekly Dispatch (Hobart) 31 July 7/1: Some of the vagabonds of the Town, who call them selves ‘Bricks’, had much annoyed Clark [AND].
[Aus]Geelong Advertiser 14 Aug. 2/4: Midnight Marauders. We had hopes that this gang of mischievous youths had been broken up [...] If the police would only keep a sharp eye upon them for a few nights, and lay a few of them fast by heels, the spirit of ‘brickism’ would soon be broken [AND].
[Aus]J. Syme Nine Years in Van Diemen’s Land 285: They pride themselves in being termed ‘bricks’, that is, because they do not flinch at the lash.
[US]M. Griffith Autobiog. of a Female Slave 245: I was a wild boy; a ‘brick’ as they usin’ to call me.
[Aus]Sydney Punch 13 Jan. 687/1: How very hard headed both Scotch and Colonial ‘bricks’ are [AND].

(c) (US campus) courage, spirit, ‘pluck’.

[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 5: brick n. spirit, courage right feeling.

(d) as my brick, a term of friendly address.

[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple III 160: My proposition, my brick, is [...] to make a bolt of it.

(e) (Aus.) a thug, a tough.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Apr. 8/6: The odds were on the Melbun brick / (Witch color sir he were), / Brick-top & red, the smaller joint / Were rather dark than fair.

(f) an attractive person.

[US]S. Ford Torchy 105: She’s Mrs. Piddie, of course, and she’s a brick. Say, how is it these two-by-fours can pull out such good ones so often?

(g) a fool.

[US]M.G. Hayden ‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in DN IV:iii 198: brick, term of disparagement.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 9: Behaving in all other respects in her presence like the complete dumb brick.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 47: Entrusting her happiness to a dumb brick who would probably dish the success of the honeymoon.

(h) (US campus) a mess, a failure.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 88: Brick A person without much social or academic ability. An ugly blind date.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 1: brick – fail; a mess, failure.

(i) see brickhouse n.2 (1)

2. the shape of the object.

(a) (US, also bricking) a punishment, performed by bringing someone’s knees close up to the chin and tying the arms tightly to the knees.

[US]Daily Tel. Aug. (Amer. Corresp.) n.p.: Another favourite punishment [...] was that of ‘bricking’, which was done by bringing the knees close up to the chin and lashing the arms tightly to the knee .
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

(b) (US prison) a carton of cigarettes.

[US]Maledicta V:1+2 (Summer + Winter) 267: In prison, cigarets serve as a universal means of exchange, with a brick being a carton.
[UK]Guardian Editor 28 May 20: Brick: A carton of cigarettes.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Brick: A carton of cigarettes.

(c) (drugs) a block of opium, morphine or marijuana; usu. 1kg (2.2lb) but note cit. 1972.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 100/1: brick or brick-gum. Crude gum or gum opium before it is rolled for smoking.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 33: brick [...] brick gum Gum opium.
[US]Current Sl. II:1 2: Brick, n. Liter of uncut marijuana.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 50: brick [...] (1) pressed block of gum opium or morphine for shipment. (2) pressed block of marijuana, weighing 1 pound or 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), which is shipped by mail or freight in this form.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 1: brick – ½ kilo of marijuana.
[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 186: He opened up a brick of the strangest-looking marijuana Swan had ever seen. It was white.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 171: Me an’ some brothers gon’ trip on down to T.J. [Tijuana] and score a righteous brick o’ shit.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Brick — 1 kilogram of marijuana.
[US]50 Cent ‘Wanksta’ [lyrics] I’m getting what you get for a brick to talk greasy / By any means, partner, I got to eat on these streets / If you play me close, for sure I’m gonna pop my heat.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 87: They taught me to turn a $50 brick of pot into $200.

(d) 1kg (2.2lb) of heroin; but note volume in cite 2010: 700 gms/1.5 lb.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 126: Let him know somebody [...] looking to buy a coupla bricks.
[US]J. Ridley Everybody Smokes in Hell 24: Alf would come strolling out [...] smile on face and smack in hand. A brick of it, a kilo.
[US]A.N. LeBlanc Random Family 46: The bricks were the size of the small boxes of soap from the vending machines in a Laundromat [...] Bricks of heroin were diluted and packaged for retail sale.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 334: A brick (a 700 gram unit) would be $90,000.

(e) (US drugs) 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine or crack cocaine.

[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 94: Here was some dude, not even a chemistry major, coming on to you with mikes, grams, bricks, kilos and hundredweights.
[US]UGK ‘Let Me See It’ [lyrics] I’m servin’ niggas bricks.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Brick — Crack Cocaine; cocaine.
[UK]Jin ‘Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ [lyrics] Sell the last few bricks he had in his stash.
[US]UGK ‘Underground Kingz’ [lyrics] Records don’t sell, I’m back to selling bricks.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] He was making almost four times as much as he did in Newark off each brick of coke.
J. Spades ‘Flexin’’ [lyrics] Sell bricks or you sell zizz then the pagans them / A go tell feds.

(f) a large piece of excrement.

[US]A. Rodriguez Spidertown (1994) 139: Even when he comes out of the bathroom it’s ‘Maan, you should see the fucken brick I jus’ laid.’ Him and his ego.

(g) one gram of heroin.

[US] ‘Damage Down’ in Portland Phoenix 12–19 Oct. [Internet] I first started using heroin in ’92, it cost $40 a bag, which is a tenth of a gram [...] Ten bags equal a bundle, and five bundles equal a brick.
www.firstthings.com Apr. [Internet] Gilberto in Rhode Island claims to have put a million dollars into each of his needle-pocked arms, at the rate of three fifty-bag ‘bricks’ of heroin a day.

(h) a box of ammunition.

[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 270: ‘You gonna need some bullets, right?’ ‘Not a whole box.’ ‘I only sell bricks’.

3. the trad. colour – red – of a brick.

(a) (Aus.) a £10 or $10 note (which is red).

‘Sydney – It’s No Place for Me’ in Tivoli Songster [lyrics] I gushed from that theatre quick, / Someone threw at me a ‘brick’.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 8 Jan. 1/5: Several guileless (or is it greedy?) punters whom the price prevailed upon to part, in the hope of putting down a brick and picking up a house.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘Downfall of Mulligan’s’ in Three Elephant Power 64: Pop it down, gents! Pop it down! If you don’t put down a brick you can’t pick up a castle!
[US]C. Coe Me – Gangster 237: The shock of grabbing a few bricks.
[Aus]Williamstown Chron. (Vic.) 3 May 6/2: [He] would be showing a profit of a ‘brick’ (£10) this season.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 98: You go out to the dogs and start punting on Canterbury with a brick in your dook. Yes, you’ve got a whole ten pound note.
[Aus]Sun. Mail (Adelaide) 25 Sept. 45/2: This guy Hassick [...] asked me for a ‘brick’ in a stand-over manner.
[Aus]D. O’Grady A Bottle of Sandwiches 205: The publican owed me a ‘brick’.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 219: Chris and Craig also put a brick each on Bas.
[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Brick. 1. Ten. As in [...] ten dollars.
[Aus]Ozwords Oct. [Internet] Brick was Australian slang for a £10 note (from its reddish colour).
[Aus]T. Peacock More You Bet 66: ’$10’ as a denomination was, and is [...] a ‘brick’, which has been passed on from the once popular term for the sum of £10 (that is, 10 pound), and which derives from the colour of the £10 note.

(b) by ext. of sense 3a, a ten-year prison sentence.

[Aus]S.J. Baker in Sun. Herald (Sydney) 8 June 9/3: Slang words for sentences of various lengths include: ‘deuce,’ two months; ‘drag,’ three months; ‘sprat,’ six months; ‘the clock,’ twelve months; ‘spin’ or ‘full hand,’ five years; ‘brick,’ ten years; ‘the lot,’ life imprisonment.
[Aus]J. Alard He who Shoots Last 124: It mighta been worse; I coulda got a brick.
[Aus]Aus. Journal of Cultural Studies May 91: Twenty years, or a Life Sentence:The Lot Ten years:A Brick Five years:A Spin Two years:A Swy.
[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Brick. 1. Ten. As in ten year sentence.

(c) (Aus. prison) by ext. of sense 3a, a 10lb weight.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Brick. 1. Ten. As in [...] ten pounds weight.

In derivatives

brickish (adj.)

a general term of approbation; thus brickishness n., the quality of being good-hearted.

[UK]J. Burrowes Life in St George’s Fields 25/1: Brickish hearty, hard as a brick.
[[UK]‘Alfred Crowquill’ Seymour’s Humourous Sketches (1866) 167: i’m in jolly good health and harty as a brick].
[UK]A. Smith Adventures of Mr Ledbury I 261: ‘How’s the times?’ ‘Brickish,’ replied one of the party.
[UK]Westmoreland Gaz. 7 July 2/6: The Bristol Volunteers march up their band [...] as gallant and brickish a body as ever stepped out.
J. Duns Memoir of J.Y. Simpson 518: My brother David and I communicated to each other the discovery we had made of ‘what a brick’ he was, and agreed that his ‘brickishness’ called for our care in not vexing him.
Fife free Press 18 Apr. 3/1: Collectively, they’re bricks. But if there’s one thing that either their good nature or their brickness won’t stand its patronage.
T.B. Reed Willoughby Captains 262: After all your brickishness to me, and now, after your helping me out as you did in the scrimmage yesterday, I’m awfully ashamed of being such a low cad.
[UK]Daily Chronicle 26 July 3/2: Janet’s sheer ‘brickishness’ held her faithful to her organist .
‘Ford Madox Ford’ Some Do Not i vi 163: They had talked [...] about the brickishness of the parson in taking her in.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

brickfielder (n.) [orig. a thick cloud of dust brought over Sydney, New South Wales, by a south wind from neighbouring sandhills (called the ‘brickfields’)] (Aus.)

1. in Sydney, a sudden squally wind, bringing relief at the end of a hot day although sometimes accompanied by a dust-storm.

[Aus]Sydney Monitor 10 Oct. 2/6: His Excellency and family were placed in considerable danger whilst sailing in consequence of a brickfielder [...] which nearly capsized the boat [AND].
Lt. Breton, R.N. Excursions in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land 293: It sometimes happens that a change takes place from a hot wind to a brickfielder, on which occasions the thermometer has been known to fall, within half an hour, upwards of fifty degrees!
J. Rae Sydney Illus. 26: The ‘brickfielder’ is merely a colonial name for a violent gust of wind, which, succeeding a season of great heat, rushes in to supply the vacuum, and equalises the temperature of the atmosphere.
[Aus]G.C. Mundy Our Antipodes I 46: [of Sydney] At length comes the expected ‘Brickfielder,’ drifting the pulverized abominations into every pore of the human frame.
F. Fowler Athenaeum 21 Feb. 264 I: The brickfielder is not the hot wind at all; it is but another name for the cold wind or southerly buster, which follows the hot breeze, and which, blowing over an extensive sweep of sandhills called the Brickfields, semi-circling Sydney, carries a thick cloud of dust (or brickfielder) across the city.
[UK]E.E. Morris Austral Eng. 52/2: Brickfielder. [...] The brickfields lay to the south of Sydney, and when, after a hot wind from the west or north-west, the wind went round to the south, it was accompanied by great clouds of dust, brought up from the brickfields.
N. Duncan Aus. Byways 130: A southerly buster would blow – a Sydney brickfielder.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 128: ‘The brickfielder’, a blustery southerly wind that once blew grit and dust far and wide over infant Sydney.

2. a hot, dusty wind that blows over parts of northern Australia.

A. Russell Tour through Aus. Colonies 206: The hot winds are oppressive [...] at Adelaide. These winds are generally termed brickfielders.
[Aus]A. Marjoribanks Travels in New South Wales 61: The thermometer is sometimes raised by them [hot winds] to 120 degrees in the shade, but they are invariably succeed by [...] a ‘brickfielder,’ which is a strong southerly wind.
[Aus]‘Old Bushman’ Bush Wanderings 231: In Melbourne a hot windy day is called a ‘brickfielder.’ [AND].
F. Cowan Aus., a Charcoal Sketch n.p.: The Buster and Brickfielder: Austral red-dust blizzard and red-hot simoon.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Colonial Reformer II 25: Don’t you think we shall be hard set to get home before the ‘brickfielder’ falls upon us?
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Nov. 28/1: A ‘brickfielder’ is needed to blow our shores free from the curse of Socialism; the church should cleanse itself of Socialism.
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 13: The clouds of flies [...] and the heat distressed her. A ‘brickfielder’ frightened and prostrated her.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 230/2: brickfielder – a hot, dry wind blowing down from the north or off the desert.
[US]J. Greenway ‘Aus. Cattle Lingo’ in AS XXXIII:3 165: brickfielder, n. A hot dust storm.
brick gum (n.) [gum n.3 ] (drugs)

1. a block of unprocessed opium.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 100/1: brick or brick-gum. Crude gum or gum opium before it is rolled for smoking.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 33: brick [...] brick gum Gum opium.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 306: brick gum. Gum opium.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).

2. heroin.

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Brick gum — Heroin.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
brickhouse (n.)

see separate entries.

bricklayer (n.) [? SE rubrick layer; but F&H note, first, the medieval church official the operarius, the workman ‘on whom devolved the charge of repairing and maintaining the sacred fabric’ of a church or cathedral; and, second, the line in Ephesians that compares such early Christians as St Paul to ‘master-builders’ whose greatest ‘building’ is the Church]

a clergyman.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
brick-presser (n.) [hit the bricks under bricks n.]

(US black) a tramp, a vagrant.

[US]Public Ledger (Memphis, TN) 17 July 3/2: George Harman, a Jefferson street brick presser who does nothing for an honest living, was sent to jail.
Highland Wkly (Hilsborough, OH) 12 July 1/3: Our professional ‘brick pressers’, vulgarly called ‘loafers,’ are nearly all out in the rural districts now [...] binding wheat.
[US]Adair Co. News (Columbia, KY) 24 Oct. 5/5: Columbia has less [...] brick-pressers and chair warmers than any other small town in the state.
[US]Missouri Herald (Hayti, MO) 21 Apr. 5/3: Tomatocan Willie [...] town brick-presser [...] has just got back from Mexico where he was accidentally carried by going to sleep on a mule train.
[US]Van Vechten Nigger Heaven 285: brick-presser: an idler; literally one who walks the pavement.
[US]N. Van Patten ‘Vocab. of the Amer. Negro’ in AS VII:1 27: brick-presser. V. n. Idler.
bricktop (n.) (also brick roof) [the redness of ‘typical’ bricks]

(US) a redhead; also as adj.; thus brick-topped, redheaded.

[US]‘Q.K. Philander Doesticks’ Elephant Club 163: A head of hair which the youth of America are accustomed to designate as a ‘brick-top’.
[UK]Leeds Times 10 May 4/8: A Michigan girl who is lame, has red hair, and no teeth [...] used formerly to be called ‘oothless Bricktop’.
[US]Bossier Banner (Bellevue, LA) 9 Nov. 4/5: Near the back door [...] lay an unfortunate female vagrant whose only known name is ‘Bricktop’.
[UK]Burnley Advertiser 28 Feb. 3/6: Address your wife as ‘Mrs’, and your husband as ‘Mr’. Such terms as ‘old bricktop’ and ‘chowderhead’ sound very affected.
[UK]Canterbury Jrnl 12 May 3/2: In some schools such boys are promptly nicknamed [...] Bricktop, Shorty, Beanpole.
[US]Ocala Eve. Star (FL) 24 June 1/1: ‘Johnny,’ called a Seventh street mother out of the window to her hopeful, ‘do stop playing with that Willie Bricktop. It’s too warm today to play with a red headed boy’.
[US]W. Irwin Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum VI n.p.: That brick-topped Murphy, fourteen dollar jay.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Apr. 8/6: The odds were on the Melbun brick / (Witch color sir he were), / Brick-top & red, the smaller joint / Were rather dark than fair.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 161: It was to lick a feller who’d yelled ‘brick-top’ after Sadie that started me to takin’ my first boxin’ lessons.
[US]Van Loan ‘A Rain Check’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 307: A lanky, red-headed young man climbed down [...] ‘Who’s the brick-top?’ asked White.
[US]Maines & Grant Wise-crack Dict. 5/2: Brick roof – Red headed.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 164: ‘She’s a bricktop gal.’ ‘Bricktop?’ ‘A redhead.’.
[US]F.X. Toole Rope Burns 191: The ugly brick-top would be so easy to finger in a lineup that he’d be spending most of his life in the joint.

In phrases

have a brick in one’s hat (v.) (also wear a brick in one’s hat) [one is top-heavy (see top-heavy under top n.)]

(orig. US) to be extremely drunk.

[US]Columbian Fountain (DC) 2 July 4/1: When he turns a customer into the street with ‘a brick in his hat,’ or decently drunk, who don’t he attach a piece of paper to his coat tail, stating where he got the liquor?
[US]Durivage & Burnham Stray Subjects (1848) 61: A ‘shocking bad ’un’ was his hat, and matted was his hair. He wore a ‘brick’ within that hat.
Brooklyn Eve. Star 7 Apr. 2/4: Jones says he went home one night with an extensive ‘brick in his hat.’.
[US]Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, OH) 25 July 4/1: Synonyms [for drunk] [...] slewed, fuzzled, [...] swamped, raddled, nappy, [...] having a brick in one’s hat, limber, tired [...] toddled, slung-shot.
[US] in Southern Historical Society Papers (1884) xii 245: On one occasion I was so unlucky as to get a brick side of my head, though some say it was in my hat.
Knoxvbille Wkly Chron. (TN) 29 Apr. 7/1: A few Lick creek men were in town [...] on a ‘bender’ [...] One of the,m with a ‘brick’ in his hat, tried to raise a disturbance.
Northern Trib. (Cherboygan, MI) 30 Dec. 8/2: in his wanderings about town he succeeded in getting a large ‘brick in his hat’.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
[US]Hutchinson Gaz. (KS) 25 June Was Shakespeare a Mason? [...] ‘How so?’ ‘Why, all writers agree that he often went home with ‘a brick in his hat’: .
[US]Ocala Eve. Star (FL) 24 May 3/5: Mr Channing [...] coming home at 3 a.m., with a brick in his hat [...] tried to lie himself into good standing, but [etc].
like a ton of brick(s) (adv.) (also like a thousand of brick(s), like half a ton of bricks)

with the full force of one’s anger or aggression; often as come down on someone like...

[US]N.Y. Times 18 Aug. 2/7: [The Irishman] was only gammoning the auctioneer, and pitching into him like a thousand of brick.
[US]J.S. Robb Streaks of Squatter Life 37: He lit upon the upper town and its member ‘like a thousand of brick!’.
[US] in N.E. Eliason Tarheel Talk (1956) 262: The Faculty came down on them [i.e. the students] like a thousand of brick.
[US]N.O. Picayune 27 Apr. (Police Report) n.p.: He fell upon us like a thousand of bricks, and threatened to make minced meat of the police and every one of us [F&H].
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 314: Another ludicrous exaggeration of this kind is taken from the violence and noise with which ordinarily bricks are dumped out of carts; a thing done vehemently and with much display is said to be like a thousand of bricks.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Oct. 18/1: The Rev. Dowie [...], who does faith-healing in job-lots, is down on sport like a thousand of bricks.
Oxford Mag. 15 113: Then the other came down like a ton of bricks on your muddle about Footer and Rugger, and told the old chestnut about Soccer and Rugger and Gaelic footer .
Macnhester Courier 25 Aug. 10/3: he was down on preachers like a ton of bricks.
[US]Ade Forty Modern Fables 166: He came down on them like 1,000 of Brick if they failed to be Polite.
[US]B.L. Bowen ‘Word-List From Western New York’ in DN III:vi 445: like a thousand of bricks, adv.phr. Heavily.
[US]Holbrook News (Navajo Co., AZ) 14 Apr. 6/6: When I make errors [...] she doesn’t call me silly or headstrong or come down opun me like a ton of bricks.
[UK]Wodehouse ‘ Making of Mac’s’ in Man with Two Left Feet 129: Andy would have come down like half a ton of bricks on the first sign of slackness.
Washington Herald (DC) 24 Jan. 9/1: His 220 pounds of brawn comes down like several tons of bricks across [...] his prostrate opponent.
[US]B. Cormack Racket Act III: This respectable public that’s been keepin’ you awake at nights’d come down on you like a ton o’ brick.
[UK]Lancs. Eve. Post 5 Mar. 14/3: Mr Clarkson would ‘pounce down like a ton of bricks’ on anyone smoking in his premises.
[UK]Kent & Sussex Courier 26 Dec. 6/3: He had two more cracks before Wicks [...] descended on the Borstal goal like a ton of bricks and made it 3-1.
[UK]Gloucs. Echo 22 Dec. 6/4: [headline] Van Hit Him ‘Like a Ton of Bricks’.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 25: They’d be down on me like a ton of bricks.
[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 126: It’s up to you to get onto that loose ball like a ton of bricks.
[US]Sepe & Telano Cop Team 196: Me and the Indian are gonna come down on you shits like a ton of bricks.
[UK]P. Barker Blow Your House Down 56: If it ever got round she was doing that the other girls’d be down on her like a ton of bricks.