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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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in brief

In summary; to say it briefly. The film was, in brief, dull. If you can, please explain it in brief.
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hold no brief for (someone or something)

To be unable or unwilling to tolerate or support someone or something. The senators has stated numerous times that he holds no brief for the "rights" of big corporations. The boss holds no brief for slackers.
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in snatches

In or for brief periods of time. I caught the speech in snatches, but the kids were screaming in the other room so I couldn't hear the TV properly. I only slept in snatches. I was too anxious about how to pay for the car repairs to sleep properly.
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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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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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hold no brief for something

BRITISH, FORMAL
If you hold no brief for a person, organization, activity or belief, you do not support them or respect them. This newspaper holds no special brief for a committee that has done nothing to distinguish itself in the past. He holds no brief for formal education. Note: In law, a brief is all the papers relating to a particular client's case that are collected by the client's solicitor and given to the barrister who will represent them in court.
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in brief

COMMON If someone says or writes something in brief, they use as few words as possible and do not give many details. This in brief is how I see the situation at the moment. The disease is discussed in brief here.
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hold no brief for

not support or argue in favour of.
The brief referred to is the summary of the facts and legal points in a case given to a barrister to argue in court.
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hold no ˈbrief for somebody/something

(formal) not be in favour of or not support somebody/something, for example a cause, an idea, etc: I hold no brief for long prison sentences but this terrible crime really deserves one.
Brief in this expression is the summary of facts and legal points in a case that is given to a lawyer to argue in a court. If a lawyer ‘holds no brief for’ a person, company, etc. this is not one of their clients/cases.

in ˈbrief

in a few words: I won’t give a you a long history of the dispute; in brief, it led to the business closing.And now, the news in brief.
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in ˈsnatches

for short periods rather than continuously: Sleep came to him in brief snatches. OPPOSITE: at a stretch
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in brief

In short.
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Because of the briefness of this essay, and because it is based in part on hypothesis and intuitions, it should not be interpreted as a blunt criticism of Brym's analysis, or for that matter McLaughlin's or Curtis and Weir's analysis, but on the contrary, it should be read as an engagement in dialogue.
The techniques chosen for the data collection obviously have clear limitations, one being the apparent lack of richness considering the briefness of the explanations.
Despite the briefness of their meeting in 1962 and the inauspiciousness of its circumstances, O'Connor and Percy continued to follow and to admire one another.
For the sake of briefness, the figures are not presented here.
16) In his interview with Chapsal (see Pasquali, Tour, 123), Leiris explains that the briefness of his Chinese sojourn ruled out the possibility of his producing an elaborated ethnographic exegesis of China: this is not to say, however, that he did not respond to China as an ethnographer.
In short, in our search for clearness, accurateness, readableness, and briefness, we should find instead clarity, accuracy, readability, and brevity.
Alas, those gifts also portend the briefness of her visit to Earth--a goddess of the moon, she must eventually return home.
The briefness of a commodity's possession has become a measure of its owner's power, whereas the newness of older forms of treasure was largely irrelevant, since a monarchy's crown jewels and the spoils pillaged from conquered nations were hoarded in exchequers for centuries.
Saggi I 722) ("part of the work's very form, of its inner logic, of the author's anxiety to plumb the multiplicity of the writable within the briefness of life that consumes it" (Six Memos 112).
Despite the briefness and poor quality of the life remaining to such donors, violation of the dead donor rule would most likely be as strongly opposed here as it is with anencephalic infants.
The presence of these catalogues in Borges's fiction is often seen in traditional Borgesean criticism as the result of his "poetics of briefness," that is, his preference for allusions rather than description (see Christ).
The fans showed their displeasure with the briefness of the fight, booing loudly after MC Michael Buffer announced the result.
The briefness of his summations renders certainty impossible.
The briefness of this section is excused on the grounds that it is intended merely to refer to certain well-known propositions rather than to explain them (see, further, Mishan, 1981).