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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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I hope it's this good," the dishevelled filmmaker joked in the briefest of acceptance speeches.
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Commercial prospects seem limited to the briefest of runs, but the director's clear intelligence, resourcefulness and vision combine to make this calling card tough to forget.
That would make the current government the country's briefest ever, bringing concerns about whether Portugal will remain committed to the fiscal discipline required of eurozone countries.
The intention had been to make the briefest of stops in Chongqing before pushing on to Nanjing in the east of the country, but that strategy has been abandoned because of weather concerns.
Mirallas grabbed the ball and took the kick after the briefest of discussions with regular taker Leighton Baines, who had scored 15 of his 16 Premier League spot-kicks.
I appreciate the Gazette report on their meetings and judgments but for obvious reasons we readers are given only the briefest of details.
But while facing the Pacific Islanders does not carry the same excitement levels of battling the all-conquering All Blacks, just as Reid did for the briefest of moments on Saturday as New Zealand claimed a 24-16 win, the Warriors forward is desperate all the same to be given his chance this weekend.
After the briefest chat with Sophie (you couldn't really call it a heart-to-heart) Jenna packs her bags and heads for pastures new.
After the briefest chat with Sophie, Jenna packs her bags and heads for pastures new.
Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr put in only the briefest of appearances in this uneventful, overlong drama.
Looking more like a headband, the briefest of fronts tapers to a wire that tucks between your cheeks and holds everything together.