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brief

1. Law a document containing all the facts and points of law of a case by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to represent a client
2. RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief

Brief

An early text editor for DOS programming from Borland. It provided automatic indentation and the ability to edit different parts of a source program at the same time.
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With regard to the conditions at Camp Hurriya, the briefers acknowledged problems and said the Iraqi government "could do even more" to improve conditions.
IRAN AND THE NAMELESS BRIEFERS (The New York Times, New York)
The article should be required reading for briefers, as it would surely save a lot of wasted time at meetings.
But amid claims that Mr Brown had been marginalised in Labour's campaign for the vital local elections in May, he urged behind-the-scenes briefers to "get on with their jobs".
But amid claims Mr Brown had been marginalised in Labour's campaign for the vital local elections in May, he urged behind-the-scenes briefers to 'get on with their jobs'.
Win the commitment of all supervisors and managers, as the system will succeed or fail on the attitudes of the briefers themselves.
To encourage ownership, we asked briefers to prepare an additional "Local Brief.
This is in contrast to his staff briefers, who are "objective sources" on world events.