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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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