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Brick vs. Pickle

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Bricknoun

(countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.

‘This wall is made of bricks.’;

Picklenoun

A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.

‘A pickle goes well with a hamburger.’;

Bricknoun

(uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.

‘This house is made of brick.’;

Picklenoun

Any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.

Bricknoun

(countable) Something shaped like a brick.

‘a plastic explosive brick’;

Picklenoun

The brine used for preserving food.

‘This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.’;

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Bricknoun

A helpful and reliable person.

‘Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.’;

Picklenoun

(informal) A difficult situation; peril.

‘The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.’;

Bricknoun

A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object.

‘We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.’;

Picklenoun

(affectionate) A mildly mischievous loved one.

Bricknoun

(informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.

Picklenoun

(baseball) A rundown.

‘Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.’;

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Bricknoun

An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.

Picklenoun

A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown

‘The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.’;

Bricknoun

(firearms) A carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.

Picklenoun

(slang) A penis.

Bricknoun

(poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand.

‘The two of clubs was a complete brick on the river’;

Picklenoun

(slang) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

‘Load some shards in that pickle.’;

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Bricknoun

The colour brick red.

Picklenoun

(metalworking) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale, rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour.

Brickadjective

Extremely cold.

Picklenoun

In an optical landing system, the hand-held controller connected to the lens, or apparatus on which the lights are mounted.

Brickverb

To build with bricks.

Picklenoun

A kernel; a grain (of salt, sugar, etc.)

Brickverb

To make into bricks.

Picklenoun

A small or indefinite quantity or amount (of something); a little, a bit, a few. Usually in partitive construction, frequently without "of"; a single grain or kernel of wheat, barley, oats, sand or dust.

Brickverb

(slang) To hit someone or something with a brick.

Pickleverb

To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.

‘We pickled the remainder of the crop.’; ‘These cucumbers pickle very well.’;

Brickverb

To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick.

‘My VCR was bricked during the lightning storm.’;

Pickleverb

(transitive) To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.

‘The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.’;

Bricknoun

A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc., molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp.

‘The Assyrians appear to have made much less use of bricks baked in the furnace than the Babylonians.’;

Pickleverb

(programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.

Bricknoun

Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick.

‘Some of Palladio's finest examples are of brick.’;

Pickleverb

To eat sparingly.

Bricknoun

Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brick (of bread).

Pickleverb

To pilfer.

Bricknoun

A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick.

Picklenoun

See Picle.

Brickverb

To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.

Picklenoun

A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.

Brickverb

To imitate or counterfeit a brick wall on, as by smearing plaster with red ocher, making the joints with an edge tool, and pointing them.

Picklenoun

Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar.

Bricknoun

rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material

Picklenoun

A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their color.

Bricknoun

a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy

Picklenoun

A troublesome child; as, a little pickle.

Bricknoun

a small rectangular block typically made of fired or sun-dried clay, used in building.

Pickleverb

To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers.

Bricknoun

bricks collectively as a building material

‘this mill was built of brick’; ‘a large brick building’;

Pickleverb

To give an antique appearance to; - said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters.

Bricknoun

a small rectangular object

‘a brick of ice cream’;

Picklenoun

vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

Bricknoun

a child's toy building block

‘the bricks and other plastic toys then need to be fitted back into their appropriate containers’;

Picklenoun

informal terms for a difficult situation;

‘he got into a terrible fix’; ‘he made a muddle of his marriage’;

Bricknoun

a large and relatively heavy mobile phone, typically an early model with limited functionality

‘I had one of those Motorola bricks as my first cell phone’;

Pickleverb

preserve in a pickling liquid

Bricknoun

a smartphone or other electronic device that has completely ceased to function

‘while updating the firmware the USB cable got disconnected and the phone is now a brick’;

Picklenoun

a relish consisting of vegetables or fruit preserved in vinegar or brine

‘cheese and pickle’; ‘assorted pickles’;

Bricknoun

a generous, helpful, and reliable person

‘‘You are really a brick, Vi,’ Gloria said’;

Picklenoun

a pickled cucumber.

Brickverb

block or enclose with a wall of bricks

‘the doors have been bricked up’;

Picklenoun

liquid used to preserve food or other perishable items.

Brickverb

throw bricks at

‘the pub was attacked and windows in the area were bricked’;

Picklenoun

a difficult situation

‘I am in a pickle’;

Brickverb

cause (a smartphone or other electronic device) to become completely unable to function, typically on a permanent basis

‘installing an unofficial OS voids the warranty and may brick the phone’;

Picklenoun

used as an affectionate form of address to a mischievous child

‘‘All right, me pickle’, said Dad’;

Brickverb

be extremely worried or nervous.

Picklenoun

an acid solution for cleaning metal objects.

Brick

A brick is a type of block used to build walls, pavements and other elements in masonry construction. Properly, the term brick denotes a block composed of dried clay, but is now also used informally to denote other chemically cured construction blocks.

Pickleverb

preserve (food or other perishable items) in vinegar or brine

‘fish pickled in brine’;

Pickleverb

immerse (a metal object) in an acid or other chemical solution for cleaning

‘the steel sheet is first pickled in acid to remove all oxides’;

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