like a ton of bricks definition, like a ton of bricks meaning | English dictionary




a    a rectangular block of clay mixed with sand and fired in a kiln or baked by the sun, used in building construction  
b    (as modifier)  
a brick house     
2    the material used to make such blocks  
3    any rectangular block  
a brick of ice     
4    bricks collectively  
5    Informal   a reliable, trustworthy, or helpful person  
6      (Brit)   a child's building block  
7       short for       brick red  
8    drop a brick     (Brit)  
informal   to make a tactless or indiscreet remark  
9    like a ton of bricks         
Informal   (used esp. of the manner of punishing or reprimanding someone) with great force; severely  
when he spotted my mistake he came down on me like a ton of bricks     
10    tr; usually foll by: in, up or over   to construct, line, pave, fill, or wall up with bricks  
to brick up a window, brick over a patio     
     (C15: from Old French brique, from Middle Dutch bricke; related to Middle Low German brike, Old English brecan to break)  
  bricky      adj  
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like          [1]  
1    prenominal   similar; resembling  
2    similar to; similarly to; in the manner of  
acting like a maniac, he's so like his father     
3    used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbs  
like mother, like daughter     
4    such as  
there are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance     
5       a dialect word for       likely  
6    Not standard   as it were: often used as a parenthetic filler  
there was this policeman just staring at us, like     
7    Not standard   as though; as if  
you look like you've just seen a ghost     
8    in the same way as; in the same way that  
she doesn't dance like you do     
9    the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp. one respected or prized  
compare like with like, her like will never be seen again     
10    the like   similar things  
dogs, foxes, and the like     
11    the likes (or like) of   people or things similar to (someone or something specified)  
we don't want the likes of you around here     
     (shortened from Old English gelic; compare Old Norse glikr and likr like)  
The use of like to mean such as was formerly thought to be undesirable in formal writing, but has now become acceptable. It was also thought that as rather than like should be used to mean in the same way that, but now both as and like are acceptable: they hunt and catch fish as/like their ancestors used to. The use of look like and seem like before a clause, although very common, is thought by many people to be incorrect or non-standard: it looks as though he won't come (not it looks like he won't come)  

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      adj   akin, alike, allied, analogous, approximating, cognate, corresponding, equivalent, identical, parallel, relating, resembling, same, similar  
      n   counterpart, equal, fellow, match, parallel, twin  
,       adj   contrasted, different, dissimilar, divergent, diverse, opposite, unlike  
      n   opposite  

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a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
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see : click and mortar : a business that combine new technologies and traditional business
used to describe a female who smells like a cabbage and is acting like a bitch
Feeling like a superhero in spandex. To feel like Adam West
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
like a barista (bartender) for a fast-food burger restaurant
a man of good breeding, well-behaved, courteous, polite who behaves like a gentleman
avoir l'air de + nom
c'est entré comme dans du beurre
beauté sans bonté est comme vin éventé
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
sauve ton coeur
No idea what this means MJB
paraprofessional registered physician assistants like nurses
Needs disambiguation with Paramedic when traduction in other languages
à ton maître, ne jette point de petites, de peur qu'il ne t'en jette de grosses
à l'ascension, quitte ton cotillon
engraisse ton chien, il te dévorera
c'est le ton qui fait la chanson
de tel pain, telle soupe
informal name given to footwear items like socks, home foot covers or plastic foot covers used for hygienical reasons
person skilled for an activity, especially for one involving motion (like sports; dance)
una canción de los 90
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
creative translation, translation involving some authoring, like translation of ads
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