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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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The property is well presented throughout and briefly comprises an entrance hall, impressive open-plan lounge to kitchen, master bedroom, study/occasional second bedroom and bathroom.
Bryson briefly put himself forward as at candidate for last year's EU elections but failed to raise the PS5,000 deposit.
dollar on the surprise Fed decision, briefly advancing to the upper 97 yen level, its highest since late August.
Michael Sheen turned out for the American launch of the Richard Burton Diaries, and briefly stole the great man's limelight as Swansea University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies was on hand in New York to present the degree to Sheen.
The euro briefly rose as high as $1.2560 and last traded $1.2538, up 0.2 percent on the day, according to Reuters data.
But Lothian and Borders said there had been problems in the past year and the system had to go over to standby equipment which meant transmissions were briefly interrupted.
Summary: Proceedings at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards were briefly halted on Monday morning by a heckler in the gallery.
Briefly: A young woman tries to come to terms with years of abuse by her father.
Summary: Crude-oil futures briefly soared to above $108 a barrel Friday after a better-than-forecast US jobs report for March, while reports of anti-government forces losing ground in Libya added to geopolitical uncertainty about oil supplies.
Crude oil futures surged Tuesday in New York, briefly surpassing the $100 per barrel mark again, on increasing disruptions in oil-producing countries in the Middle East.
At number 3, Horloge, the Jews lived, briefly. Today it's a savonnerie , stocked with lavender, violet, tea rose.
The S&P 500 briefly tumbled near its 2010 intraday low of 1,040.78, which analysts said could ignite further declines.