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Referring to a physical location for something, typically a business (usually as opposed to an online destination). You can order these shoes online or pick them up in one of our convenient brick-and-mortar locations.

bricks and mortar

1. noun The most fundamental elements or aspects (of something). Teachers are the bricks and mortar of the school system. If we don't look after them, what hope do students have of getting the education they deserve?
2. noun, slang Daughter. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which the British pronunciation of "mortar" rhymes with "daughter." Primarily heard in UK. I have two sons but only one bricks and mortar.
3. adjective Referring to a physical location for something, typically a business (usually as opposed to an online destination). In this usage, the term is hyphenated and used before a noun. You can order these shoes online or pick them up in one of our convenient bricks-and-mortar locations.
4. adjective Fundamental and necessary. In this usage, the term is hyphenated and used before a noun. The candidate has yet to state the bricks-and-mortar components of his economic plan.
See also: and, brick, mortar
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bricks and mortar

buildings; the expenditure of money on buildings rather than something else. (The buildings referred to can be constructed out of anything.) The new president of the college preferred to invest in new faculty members rather than bricks and mortar. Sometimes people are happy to donate millions of dollars for bricks and mortar, but they never think of the additional cost of annual maintenance.
See also: and, brick, mortar


[of commercial establishements] based in buildings rather than relying on online sales over the Internet. Many of the dot-com business owners have never been involved in a brick-and-mortar business.
See also: brick
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bricks and mortar

Basic and essential, as in Matthew Arnold's essay (1865): "Margate, that bricks-and-mortar image of British Protestantism." This phrase transfers essential building materials to other fundamental matters. It also may be used more literally to denote a building or buildings (whether or not made of bricks and mortar), as in The alumni prefer to see their donations in the form of bricks and mortar. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, brick, mortar
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bricks and ˈmortar

a building, especially when you are thinking of it in connection with how much it cost to build or how much it is worth: A home isn’t just bricks and mortar.We now need funding to turn the plans into bricks and mortar.
The modern way of doing business through the Internet as well as from buildings and shops can be referred to as clicks and mortar, where ‘clicks’ refers to the use of the mouse and the Internet.
See also: and, brick, mortar
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Regionally, the Technical Mortar market report covers the key regions such as North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.
Zolotokhin reported that the terrorist groups, deployed in Eastern Ghouta, carried out mortar attack on a medical center near a checkpoint West of the village of al-Reihanah, adding that six more mortar shells landed 200 to 400 meters away from the center.
(2015) researched and confirmed the possibility of usage of fine sanitary ceramic waste in partial substitution of 10%, 15% and 20% in the production of mortar. Furthermore, they obtained positive results of the modified mortar with 20% addition of GSWF; it was the one with the best performance of all the modified mortars, with increase in adhesion strength.
Use your trowel to scrape some mortar on to the side of the brick and lay the first brick in place.
At 300 [degrees]C, the compressive strengths of zeolite incorporated mortars ranged from 47.85 MPa to 59.10 MPa while the compressive strength of OPC mortar (Z0) was 55.11 MPa.
Huang, "Strength and drying shrinkage of alkali-activated slag paste and mortar," Advances in Civil Engineering, vol.
Caption: Figure 5: SEM analysis in charcoal of a Roman mortar from Galerius Palace (4th century AD).
Lime mortar samples from the Railroad Station and from the Circus area buildings have comparable amounts of [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] and Si[O.sub.2] which range from 0.44 to 1.05 wt.% and from 11.30 to 26.97 wt.%, respectively, except for samples RS25A ([Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]: 3.02wt.%; Si[O.sub.2]: 34.86wt.%) and RS11C ([Al.sub.2][O.sub.3]: 5.17wt.%; Si[O.sub.2]: 36.72 wt.%), which are both from the Railroad Station and show particularly high values of these two chemical components.
Available in bags or bulk silo systems, Amerimix offers both portland and masonry cement mortars, as well as specialty water repellent and tuck-pointing mortars.
Prise-up your mortar with a pointing trowel if it's loose, or a hammer and cold chisel if it's hard.
RE-POINT UNTIL YOU RUN OUT OF MORTAR Cut out about 30cm squared of your plastic sheeting and dollop about a honeydew melon-sized amount of mortar onto this.
At least six mortar rounds fired from the war zone here landed on two villages in the town of Matanao, Lanao del Sur province on Sunday, with one exploding at an Islamic school filled with students attending weekend classes.
Quetta -- Security forces claimed to have foiled a major terror bid and recovered huge cache of weapons, explosives and mortar shells during a search operation in Kohlu area of Balochistan.
The Army has closed its initial solicitation phase for designs to create a next generation precision mortar that will allow Soldiers to put their rounds on target with extreme accuracy.