- a writ summoning one to answer to any action.
- a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
- a written argument submitted to a court.
- (in England) the material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
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There is even a brief chapter in which Bezos explains why he bought The Washington Post.Jeff Bezos’s thoughts on Big Business, outer space and The Washington Post|James Ledbetter|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
As he disarmingly and frankly acknowledges, little is certain beyond that the fire started near the Circus Maximus and, with a brief respite, burned for nine days.What was Nero really doing while Rome burned?|Diana Preston|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
For that brief moment last Sunday, it appeared his rise was going to include his first NFL touchdown, as he hurdled Detroit Lions cornerback Justin Coleman just a few yards from the goal line.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway.|Sam Fortier|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
When Knox appealed a second time to the Supreme Court, Attorney General Janet Reno filed her own brief arguing that the appeals court had ruled properly — a highly unusual departure from the argument of her own solicitor general.Drew S. Days III, first African American to lead civil rights division at Justice Department, dies at 79|Emily Langer|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
RaceAhead is back after a brief hiatus and will return to a normal schedule next week.Reflecting an election without end|Ellen McGirt|November 13, 2020|Fortune
He did not mention rectal feeding, but perhaps he was not fully briefed.The Media's Pro-Torture Cheerleaders|Jedediah Purdy|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the early days of the program, CIA officials briefed the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So a well-briefed and disciplined nominee could change things.The Coming Battle for a New SecDef|Michael Tomasky|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
White House officials briefed reporters that afternoon on the failed mission.Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?|Eli Lake|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One source briefed on the incident said multiple FSA fighters were killed in the attack.Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes|Josh Rogin|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yesterday evening I was briefed to defend a political prisoner before the Deputy Commissioner.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Ripley briefed the general situation as it stood on the night of the engine theft in a few terse sentences.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
Of these eighty-nine cases three are clearly misquotations — for Pascal was badly briefed.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
At one o'clock Tom briefed the flight crews and technicians.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X|Victor Appleton
The tale of the years succeeding may be briefed in a bare sentence or two.The Quickening|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for brief
- to instruct (a barrister) by brief
- to retain (a barrister) as counsel
Derived forms of briefbriefly, adverbbriefness, noun
Word Origin for brief
Other Idioms and Phrases with brief
see hold no brief for; in brief.