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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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THERESA May made one of the briefest visits to the region of any politician to hold her office yesterday.
They can vary from the briefest lapses of attention or muscle jerks, to severe and prolonged convulsions such as violent and involuntary muscle contractions.
Novak Djokovic enjoyed the briefest of Wimbledon openings before booking his spot in the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired through injury after the first set of their match on Tuesday.
The briefest text with Latin and Common names is backed up with an index.
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.
Two first-half goals from Odion Ighalo was enough to see Watford claim all three points at St James' Park and while Daryl Janmaat's second-half effort offered the briefest glimpses of hope, it was not enough to earn anything from the game.
The preparation time between the February and May journals is the briefest of the year, and the May issue typically contains the fewest number of advertisements.
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.