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hit the pavement

1. To walk outside, especially on the streets or sidewalk. I need to get out, hit the pavement, and start looking for a job.
2. To begin or take part in a strike. The workers hit the pavement again after the company implemented a unilateral pay cut to all employees.
See also: hit, pavement

pound the pavement

To walk along the sidewalk or streets, especially to look for employment. I know you want a job to magically fall in your lap, but you need to pound the pavement and look for a "help wanted" sign.
See also: pavement, pound

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

pound the pavement

Fig. to walk through the streets looking for a job. I spent two months pounding the pavement after the factory I worked for dosed. Hey, Bob. You'd better get busy pounding those nails unless you want to be out pounding the pavement.
See also: pavement, pound

hit the bricks

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

pound the pavement

Walk the streets, especially in search of employment. For example, He was fired last year and he's been pounding the pavement ever since. A similar usage is pound a beat, meaning "to walk a particular route over and over"; it is nearly always applied to a police officer. [Early 1900s]
See also: pavement, pound

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.
See also: brick, hit

hit the bricks

go on strike. US informal
See also: brick, hit

pound the pavement

move about on foot at a steady, regular pace in a town or city.
1992 New York Times Put yourself in the shoes of someone who…is now out pounding the pavement wondering what to settle for in a low-wage job.
See also: pavement, pound

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 pavement

verb
See also: hit, pavement

hit the bricks

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

pound the pavement

Slang
To travel the streets on foot, especially in search of work.
See also: pavement, pound
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