Also, in short; in a word. Concisely, in few words, to sum up. All three phrases usually precede or follow a summary statement, as in In brief, we didn't get much out of his speech, or There was no agenda; in short, they could discuss whatever they wanted to, or The sun was shining, the sky was clear—in a word, it was a beautiful day. The first expression dates from the early 1400s; in short dates from the 1300s but the present usage dates from the 1700s; the hyperbolic in a word (since there is nearly always more than one word) dates from the late 1500s.
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How to use in brief in a sentence
In his brief appearance today, Scalise never mentioned Duke.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Before we get to all that, permit me a brief reflection on this matter of Steve Scalise.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Earl Spencer adds, “Effectively, my great-grandfather sold his children to his father-in-law.”The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vicars' wives had come and gone, but all had submitted, some after a brief struggle, to old Mrs. Wurzel's sway.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
As Perker said this, he looked towards the door, with an evident desire to render the leave-taking as brief as possible.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
And I finished all with a brief historical account of affairs and events in England for about a hundred years past.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
The events which succeeded this fortunate capture are too well known to require more than a very brief recapitulation.