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brief

(bref) [Fr. bref fr L. brevis, short, brief, a catalogue]
1. A condensed legal argument in legal format and style.
2. A written or spoken summary of an important or complex topic; an abstract.
3. To make a written or spoken summary of.
4. To conduct a short session of instruction or preparation for a person, crew, or staff on how to accomplish an upcoming operation.
See: debrief
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The briefers tried to prove the White House's case that Iran is shipping deadly weapons, including armor-piercing explosives, to Shiite militias in Iraq.
Transport Secretary Alistair Darling told the briefers they were "doing absolutely no good either for the people who voted for us last summer or the thousands of Labour Party members who are going to be out on the streets facing tough local elections in May".
Organise training for all briefers, if not in team briefing specifically then at least in communications skills.
MTMC briefers to the new commanders included William Lucas, Deputy to the Commander.
Conference briefers told attendees to stress to legislators that beer advertising and marketing are already heavily regulated, and that new burdens on beer advertising would thus be unwarranted.
And in 1998, Green anticipates developing body briefers, slips, nightgowns and a mastectomy bra.
During the war, Pentagon briefers treated the public to videotapes showing a smart bomb diving down the air shaft of a Baghdad building and told anecdotes about the extraordinary accuracy of Tomahawk missiles launched from afar.
Reducing White House briefers to bloody pulps is the press corps' specialty.