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But the road was narrow and the offside wheels were on to the grass verge in the brief moment before he regained full control. CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)By the end they'd hammered out a brief for a research paper. THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (2001)A brief flash of light caught her eye, from somewhere over near the tree. LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
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British English: brief /briːf/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is brief lasts for only a short time.
She once made a brief appearance on television.
- American English: brief
- Arabic: وَجيز
- Brazilian Portuguese: breve
- Chinese: 简短的
- Croatian: kratak
- Czech: krátký
- Danish: kort
- Dutch: kort
- European Spanish: breve
- Finnish: lyhyt
- French: bref
- German: kurz
- Greek: σύντομος
- Italian: breve
- Japanese: 短い
- Korean: 잠시의
- Norwegian: kort
- Polish: zwięzły
- European Portuguese: breve
- Romanian: scurt
- Russian: недолгий
- Spanish: breve
- Swedish: kort
- Thai: อย่างสั้น
- Turkish: kısa
- Ukrainian: короткий
- Vietnamese: ngắn gọn
British English: brief NOUN
underwear Men's or women's underpants can be referred to as briefs.
A bra and a pair of briefs lay on the floor.
British English: brief VERB
If someone briefs you, especially about a piece of work or a serious matter, they give you information that you need before you do it or consider it.
A Defense Department spokesman briefed reporters.
British English: brief NOUN
instructions If someone gives you a brief, they officially give you responsibility for dealing with a particular thing.
...customs officials with a brief to stop foreign porn coming into the country.
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