- a flat, rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.
Origin of briefcase
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Examples from the Web for briefcase
I settle for a sweater and jacket and throw a tie in my briefcase just in case it turns out to be the prom.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Although in that film, the briefcase contained an atomic bomb.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
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He searches patiently through his briefcase and produces a round-trip ticket for the seat in question.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
He opens the briefcase to reveal hundreds of well-thumbed sheets of paper filled with typewritten words.
He is carrying the briefcase as he enters the room, so still even in walking that he does not disturb the air around him.
Joshua Lake entered the office with his hat in one hand and a briefcase in the other.The Big Tomorrow
Arnold hesitated, eyeing the briefcase in Beardsley's clutch.We're Friends, Now
Even his name was initialed on the outside of the briefcase.
He caught a flash of metal from his briefcase, and, still running, looked at it.
The man on his left must have done that when he slapped the briefcase.
- a flat portable case, often of leather, for carrying papers, books, etc
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Word Origin and History for briefcase
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