STAMPER nods—we see the briefest flicker of fear in his eyes, but it is immediately replaced with resolve.
There was the briefest of lulls in jokes when Obama said he was proud of his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.
Obama never shared, not even for the briefest second as a kid in high school or college, the political imagination of Bill Ayers.
The briefest glance at David's productivity and output during his tenure there ought to put the quietus on that canard.
He is still described as having the briefest of attention spans—and the hottest of tempers.
He has incurred the penalty of death—the sentence is to be executed with the briefest possible delay.
He replied in the briefest manner possible and instantly vanished.
He did not look up when his assistant entered the office; his response to her "Good-morning" was of the briefest.
After the briefest indecision, Phillida hurried out into the hall.
Time after time, I was struck by the change in their attitude after the briefest enjoyment of this illusory power.
late 13c., from Latin brevis (adj.) "short, low, little, shallow," from PIE *mregh-wi-, from root *mregh-u- "short" (cf. Greek brakhys "short," Old Church Slavonic bruzeja "shallow places, shoals," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten").
from Latin breve (genitive brevis), noun derivative of adjective brevis (see brief (adj.)) which came to mean "letter, summary," specifically a letter of the pope (less ample and solemn than a bull), and thus came to mean "letter of authority," which yielded the modern, legal sense of "summary of the facts of a case" (1630s).