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portfolio

1. a flat case, esp of leather, used for carrying maps, drawings, etc.
2. the contents of such a case, such as drawings, paintings, or photographs, that demonstrate recent work
3. such a case used for carrying ministerial or state papers
4. the responsibilities or role of the head of a government department
5. Minister without portfolio a cabinet minister who is not responsible for any government department
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Do you mind ringing for Louis to carry the portfolio to your own room?"
Would you mind taking great pains not to let the doors bang, and not to drop the portfolio? Thank you.
"I know, my dear, kind princess," said Anna Mikhaylovna, seizing the portfolio so firmly that it was plain she would not let go easily.
The manuscript is in this portfolio. After what has happened, I ask you both to read it, as a personal favor to me.
Will had found his portfolio, and had laid it on the table at the far end of the room, to turn over the sketches and please himself by looking at the memorable piece of art which had a relation to nature too mysterious for Dorothea.
It hasn't any title, either." He went into the next room, sat down at my desk and wrote on the pinkish face of the portfolio the word, "Antonia." He frowned at this a moment, then prefixed another word, making it "My Antonia." That seemed to satisfy him.
I had scarce tied the strings of the portfolio, when, looking at his watch, he said abruptly -
Ginevra knocked over her stool, said a few incoherent sentences, and began to laugh; but she had thrown the portrait into her portfolio before Amelie could get to her.
And I placed my hand on the portfolio to wrest it from him, but he maintained his hold, assuring me that he 'liked unfinished sketches of all things.'
"They said that your eminence was suffering from a mortal disease; I have the consultation signed in my portfolio. If your eminence will please to see it, you will find the names of all the incurable diseases we have met with.
Butteridge's conception of an adequate equipment for a balloon ascent: a hamper which included a game pie, a Roman pie, a cold fowl, tomatoes, lettuce, ham sandwiches, shrimp sandwiches, a large cake, knives and forks and paper plates, self-heating tins of coffee and cocoa, bread, butter, and marmalade, several carefully packed bottles of champagne, bottles of Perrier water, and a big jar of water for washing, a portfolio, maps, and a compass, a rucksack containing a number of conveniences, including curling-tongs and hair-pins,, a cap with ear-flaps, and so forth.
"Then it was not till your return to the ship that you put the letter in the portfolio?"