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brief (someone) about (someone or something)

To tell someone key information about someone or something, often an issue or situation. Please brief me about the candidate that I'll be interviewing this afternoon. Someone needs to brief the CEO about the investigation before he speaks to the media.
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brief someone about someone or something

 and brief someone on someone or something
to tell someone a summary with the essential details about someone or something. We need to brief the president about the latest event. I have to brief Michael on the new procedures at work.
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hold no brief for someone or something

not to tolerate someone or something; to be opposed to someone or something. I hold no brief for Wally and his friends. Rachel holds no brief for that kind of thing.
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in brief

briefly; concisely. The whole story, in brief, is that Bob failed algebra because he did not study. Please tell me in brief why you want this job.
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in brief

described in a clear and short way This, in brief, was the historical background out of which Zen Buddhism emerged.
Related vocabulary: in short
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hold no brief for

Refuse to support, dislike, as in I hold no brief for liars. This term is a negative version of the legal expression hold a brief for, meaning "to support or defend a position by argument." The noun brief has been used in this way since the 1200s.
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in brief

Also, in short; in a word. Concisely, in few words, to sum up. All three phrases usually precede or follow a summary statement, as in In brief, we didn't get much out of his speech, or There was no agenda; in short, they could discuss whatever they wanted to, or The sun was shining, the sky was clear-in a word, it was a beautiful day. The first expression dates from the early 1400s; in short dates from the 1300s but the present usage dates from the 1700s; the hyperbolic in a word (since there is nearly always more than one word) dates from the late 1500s.
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in brief

In short.
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Brief-Lynx technology allows lawyers to create linked briefs in more than one-third the time that it takes with other programs or outsourced services.
Brief scores : Assam: 182 & 170 ( S Nazar 6/ 50); Services: 326 In Hyderabad, Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari struck centuries as the hosts reached 423/ 3.
Additionally, one dissenting opinion (1) and one concurring opinion (2) cited an amicus brief.
The brief states that bank operating subsidiaries would be given an unfair advantage over competing firms not owned by national banks if the OCC decision is allowed to stand.
The brief argues: "A stay should be granted because the federal and California appellate courts should be allowed to decide the important constitutional issues raised in this case.
Soledad cross before the legal appeals are concluded is not only deeply troubling, but legally flawed," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which submitted the brief.
States filing briefs were: Indiana, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming and a separate brief by Indiana, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
Accordingly, in its amicus brief in Mead, TEI takes issue with the government's citation of Correll, calling it "incorrect, disingenuous, and unpersuasive.
Microsoft's reply brief to the government's proposal requested a year within which to submit its own breakup plan and also requested that the ultimate decree remain in effect for four year, not ten years.
Now, Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, in his 26-page trial brief, has reiterated almost the entire history of the Hearst/SLA case, starting with the murder of Oakland schools Superintendent Marcus Foster in November 1973, eight months before Olson was connected to the SLA, and continuing through the arrests of Hearst and SLA members Bill and Emily Harris in September 1975.
The administration brief sides with two Kentucky counties that were ordered to remove Commandments displays from their courthouses.
A friend of the court brief is an action filed by a person or organization that is not party to a lawsuit but that believes it has evidence or perspective that would help the court make its decision.
Brief-Lynx is designed to make briefs simpler for law firms, judges and arbiters: Attorneys can submit e-briefs more affordably than ever before, while judges can more easily access and review e-briefs.
Americans United and allied civil liberties groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief Feb.
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