hit the bricks


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hit the bricks

1. To depart, often on foot. We don't need any troublemakers around here, so hit the bricks, fella. I think it's time for us to hit the bricks.
2. To begin or take part in a strike. This usage is primarily heard in the US. The workers hit the bricks again after the company implemented a unilateral pay cut to all employees.
See also: brick, hit

hit the bricks

 and hit the pavement 
1. Fig. Inf. to start walking; to go into the streets. I have a long way to go. I'd better hit the bricks. Go on! Hit the pavement! Get going!
2. Inf. Fig. to go out on strike. The workers hit the pavement on Friday and haven't been back on the job since. Agree to our demands, or we hit the bricks.
See also: brick, hit

hit the bricks

Go out on strike, as in The union voted to hit the bricks as soon as their contract expired. [Slang; 1940s]
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hit the bricks

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If workers hit the bricks, they stop work in order to protest about something. Toronto's 7,500 secondary teachers voted in favour of hitting the bricks.
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hit the bricks

go on strike. US informal
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hit the bricks

and hit the pavement
1. tv. to start walking; to go into the streets. I have a long way to go. I’d better hit the bricks.
2. tv. to go out on strike. The workers hit the pavement on Friday and haven’t been back on the job since.
See also: brick, hit

hit the bricks

Slang
To go on strike.
See also: brick, hit