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bat, 1
1. A piece of brick with one undamaged end; also called a brickbat.
2. A unit of batt insulation.
3. A piece of wood used as a brace.
4. A batten.
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A pile of brickbats, heaped into an urgent and thoughtless pile, to the new virtual judging system implemented this year for the "Mayor's Art Show.
After enduring a week of pressure and brickbats from the trade press, MillerCoors management agreed to take another look at their agreement (see below).
Local government is an easy target for brickbats, sometimes deserved, but it is far too simplistic to assume that pounds 100,000-plus salaries are necessarily a bad thing.
The angry critics threw brickbats, sometimes even bricks, Unaware of the clever idea in the artist's box of tricks.
Ever since its establishment by John Major in 1993, the CSA has been the target of constant brickbats, from complaints of snooping and unfair settlements to criticism of deeply flawed computer systems and attacks on its failure to collect billions in unpaid maintenance.
According to Tower, I claimed that you're at a disadvantage "arguing the superiority of Western civilization" without the classics: Great works of literature "can be mined for object lessons in conservative values, or dismantled into rhetorical brickbats that make good hurling in culture war skirmishes.
She'd played the PR game in a higher league, fended off political brickbats as a Bill Clinton campaign spokeswoman and took some lumps when Al Gore struck out in 2000 and cost her an ``Assistant to the President'' title.
Consequently, the French authorities have borne the brunt of the world media brickbats.
Nepalese police fired tear gas, baton charges and brickbats to deal with anti-king protesters in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
And since she owns one of America's most powerful mics, it's easy for her to pretend those brickbats don't even exist.
The brickbats being hurled at the single currency and the ECB's inflexible monetary policy are not calculated to restore the buying public's confidence in the euro-zone.
Those who fail seem to end up smashing glasshouses with wildly aimed brickbats.