like a ton of bricks


like a ton of bricks
like a ton of bricks
Heavily and promptly
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Main Entry:brick

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I
informal with crushing weight, force, or authority

all her years of marriage suddenly fell on her like a ton of bricks

II
see brick

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like a ton of bricks
informal : very hard or severely

The loss of his job hit him like a ton of bricks. [=hit him very hard; made him very upset, unhappy, etc.]

Our boss came down on us like a ton of bricks [=got very angry at us] when he found out we had missed the meeting.

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Main Entry:brick
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like a ton of bricks — see brick, 1
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Main Entry:ton

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like a ton of ˈbricks idiom
(informal) very heavily; very severely

Disappointment hit her like a ton of bricks.

They

came down on him like a ton of bricks (= criticized him very severely)

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Main entry:tonidiom

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