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English definition of “brick-and-mortar”

brick-and-mortar

adjective [before noun]     (also bricks-and-mortar)
used to describe a traditional business that operates in a building , when compared to one that operates over the internet : brick-and-mortar stores / retailers Online retailers try to lure customers away from their brick-and-mortar competitors .
PROPERTY relating to building activities : The college wants to borrow $102 million for brick-and-mortar projects like a new science building .
(Definition of brick-and-mortar adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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