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I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.
Quincy Jones

Meaning of "like a ton of bricks" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

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WHAT DOES LIKE A TON OF BRICKS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of like a ton of bricks in the English dictionary

The definition of like a ton of bricks in the dictionary is with great force; severely.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

like a bat out of hell
like a bird
like a blue-arsed fly
like a bomb
like a cat on a hot tin roof
like a charm
like a dog´s dinner
like a dose of salts
like a fish out of water
like a headless chicken
like a house on fire
like a lamb to the slaughter
like a log
like a pakapoo ticket
like a shag on a rock
like a shot
like anything
like billyo
like cat and dog
like clockwork

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

beggar-ticks
breadsticks
bricks and clicks
bricks-and-clicks
chopsticks
dirty tricks
fiddlesticks
flicks
hoicks
horlicks
kick against the pricks
knicks
matchsticks
monkey tricks
pooh sticks
spondulicks
sticks
the bag of tricks
the flicks
yoicks

Synonyms and antonyms of like a ton of bricks in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «like a ton of bricks» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIKE A TON OF BRICKS

Find out the translation of like a ton of bricks to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of like a ton of bricks from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «like a ton of bricks» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

像不依不饶
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

como una tonelada de ladrillos
570 millions of speakers

English

like a ton of bricks
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ईंटों की एक टन की तरह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مثل طن من الطوب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

как тонна кирпичей
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como uma tonelada de tijolos
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ইট একটি টন মত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

comme une tonne de briques
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seperti satu batu bata
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wie eine Tonne Ziegelsteine
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

レンガのトン様
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

벽돌의 톤 처럼
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kaya ton bata
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

như một tấn gạch
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

செங்கல் ஒரு டன் போன்ற
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक टन इत्यादीसारखी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bir ton tuğla gibi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

come una tonnellata di mattoni
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

jak tona cegieł
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

як тонна цеглин
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca o tonă de cărămizi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

όπως έναν τόνο των τούβλων
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

soos ´n ton bakstene
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

som ett ton tegel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

som et tonn murstein
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of like a ton of bricks

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIKE A TON OF BRICKS»

The term «like a ton of bricks» is quite widely used and occupies the 24.175 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LIKE A TON OF BRICKS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about like a ton of bricks

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QUOTES WITH «LIKE A TON OF BRICKS»

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Quincy Jones
I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIKE A TON OF BRICKS»

Discover the use of like a ton of bricks in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to like a ton of bricks and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks: A memoir of a
A funny and moving memoir about a daughter’s turbulent relationship with her mother – and how a child of one’s own can turn everything upside down.
Catherine L. Burns, 2010
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A Collection of Confusible Phrases
come down 8: Something strange is going down around here. come down on someone like a ton of bricks hit someone like a ton of bricks come down on someone like a ton of bricks (coll) reprimand or punish a person severely (also: be down ...
Yuri Dolgopolov, 2004
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Weekly World News
"I saw Reverend Pine go down, and then the sisters landed on him like a ton of bricks," said astonished organist Leon Waverly. "I could see his face turning blue and hear him gasping for air under all that flab, and I was really afraid the twins ...
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Orphan: A True Story of Abandonment, Abuse, and Redemption
... all the boys in the orphanage were called to the main dining room. We were told we were going to downtown Jacksonville to get a new pair of Buster Brown shoes and a haircut. That is when I got this big idea, which hit me like a ton of bricks.
Roger Dean Kiser, 2001
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Study Guide to DSM-IV-TR
Vignette 2: It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks Sharon is a 31-year-old physician in private practice who recently finished her training and moved to a new city to join 10 other physicians in an established group practice. Over the last few months she ...
Michael A. Fauman, 2002
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Menopause & Homeopathy: A Guide for Women in Midlife
"Oh no, I am getting old!" suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. You are going through the change of life, the transition from adulthood to senescence that both men and women experience. During this transition, the process is the reverse of ...
Ifeoma Ikenze, 1998
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Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective
The story hit me like a ton of bricks — it was my first intimation that the Bible was really for me, that simply abstaining from murder and adultery and high-grade lying was not all that a good life required. And the story hit me like a ton of bricks  ...
Michael Schut, 2009
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The Two Worlds of Style Delaney
You never get a clear look at it fate until it falls on you like a ton of bricks. Of course it doesn't always kill you. Sometimes it makes you happy the ton of bricks. It gives us the chance to understand once and for all that what's up is not up to us.
Daniel F. McNeill, 2010
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
speedO 5 do a ton uk old-fashioned informal to drive at 100 miles per hour >- idiom like a ton of bricks very strongly or forcefully: If father finds out what you ve been doing, he 11 come down on (- punish) you like a ton of bricks! tonal /'tau.n'l/  ...
‎2008
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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
[Late 1500s] like a ton of bricks Very heavily, without subtlety. For example, Ifhe doesn't like your work, hell come down on you like a ton ofbricks. This expression , often coupled with COME DOWN ON (def. 1), replaced the earlier thousand of ...
Christine Ammer, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIKE A TON OF BRICKS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term like a ton of bricks is used in the context of the following news items.
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Pyke: Suburban transit better, but still 'miles to go' for disabled …
"The reality hit like a ton of bricks," he recalled. "The attitude was you have to have someone drive you or take a cab." That's changed thanks to ... «Chicago Daily Herald, Jul 15»
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411MANIA | 411mania.com Interviews: Actor Phil Morris
And then when we got to the first read, it hit like a ton of bricks how amazing this show was. You have to understand, when we audition for these ... «411mania.com, Jul 15»
3
Sydney actress making her way in NYC | Parramatta Sun
It hit me like a ton of bricks that this was my passion, and I simultaneously felt the impending terror at admitting this to my parents. Lets face it ... «Parramatta Sun, Jul 15»
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Why is a slim chance exactly like a fat chance? | The Community Press
... from our lips and it's only when we stop and really listen that the total absurdity of what we are actually saying hits us like a ton of bricks. «Community Press, Jul 15»
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Cartoon kings: the power of Pixar... - Independent.ie
... Disney boss Jeffrey Katzenberg, the animation giant agreed to back the film, but early script drafts went down like a ton of bricks at Disney. «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
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'It felt like a ton of bricks'
“It felt like a ton of bricks.” Karen had always known that Carly's neuroblastoma could return, or that there was a chance she could develop a ... «hngnews.com, Jul 15»
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A Little Known Way to Overcome Doubt
His words hit me like a ton of bricks. I've spent so much of my life worrying about being worthy, thinking that there must be something wrong ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Mama Sees You: Parenting Through Fear
When as a parent, you feel something is off, you feel calmer than you should when the truth hits you like a ton of bricks. This is how it felt when ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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MK Bhadrakumar responds to David Goldman | Asia Times
Turkey might have a grouse that the US came down like a ton of bricks on its own nuclear program, while the present deal allows Iran's ... «Asia Times, Jul 15»
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Testing Revolt In Washington State Brings Feds Into Uncharted Waters
... like a ton of bricks might not be the best response," said Mike Petrilli, president of the Fordham Institute, a right-leaning education think tank. «NPR, Jul 15»

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