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[breef-lis] /ˈbrif lɪs/
having no brief.
having no clients, as a lawyer.
Origin of briefless
1815-25; brief (noun) + -less
Related forms
brieflessly, adverb
brieflessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bacon continues a "briefless barrister," with much time at his disposal.

  • The usual groups of the briefless were gathered around the stoves.

  • The magazine was not named after the publisher but after its sponsor, Hugh Fraser, a "briefless barrister" and man about town.

  • Somerville, the briefless, held that in the absence of all data such conclusion was unjustifiable.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • But now he is simply a briefless barrister, without a friend in the world.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • I can only describe it in the well-worn phrases, ‘briefless barrister’ and ‘impecunious junior.’

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • Many a briefless man of the law sends his card around to the occupants of the various prisons.

  • What we briefless barristers want in these hard times is merely the chance.

  • She may get some briefless pettifogger to appear for her; a man set up for you to knock down.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Rupert Carleton was still in the twenties, but he had been a briefless barrister for some years.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for briefless


(said of a barrister) without clients
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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