make bricks without straw

make bricks without straw

try to accomplish something without proper or adequate material, equipment or information

The allusion here is to Exodus 5 : 6 – 19 where without straw meant without having straw provided as the Israelites were required to gather straw for themselves in order to make the bricks required by their Egyptian taskmasters. A misinterpretation has led to the current sense.

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a kind of person or thing that is very different from the norm

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A kind of person that is slowly disappearing.

a brick short of a load

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come down like a ton of bricks

exert crushing weight, force or authority against someone - informal

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encounter an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something.

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