A brickbat is a partial brick, less than half the size of a standard brick but still consisting of at least one intact end. It is used as a weapon. Brickbat may also be used figuratively, to mean a hurled insult or extremely blunt criticism. Brickbat enters the English language in the mid-1500s to mean a literal weapon comprised of a partial brick, by the mid-1600s brickbat also means a blunt insult. Batt in this instance means cudgel, lump or chunk, the plural form is brickbat is brickbats.
In lieu of a big fat brickbat, we’ll give Cal Poly administrators an incomplete for failing to meet their self-imposed deadline for responding to demands presented by SLO Solidarity — demands that include more diversity training and education programs; creating gender-netural residence halls and restrooms; increasing funding for social programs for underrepresented students; and establishing department leaders in diversity. (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
In his NME review of the album, Nick Kent, who had been a supporter of the group, noted that Zeppelin had “become the numero uno brickbat boys for new wave contempt” (The Guardian)
We’ll water the lawn with a hosepipe and take a “pitcher” of a toadfrog sitting on a brickbat. (The Crookston Times)
He added that the internal factor arose from the need to “harmonise the platforms” across all three energy companies it acquired, and the external factor was the “significant brickbat and criticism” that came “almost exclusively” from the opposition. (The Malaysian Insider)
Brickbats, bouquets for Jetstar (The Otago Daily Times)
Members of the Fourth Estate here on Sunday drew bouquets and brickbats from Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Club, Hyderabad (PCH), an organisation that has the crème de la crème among its 1,000-odd members. (The Hindu)