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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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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.
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His frail presence insistently underlined the briefness of life and the urgency of getting things right as soon as possible.
We see brief captions which by their briefness suggest incompleteness and the fragmentary nature of our access to information and to history.
It is the very briefness of the emails that causes so much concern.
The briefness of the speech implicitly recognised that there is little chance of a large chunk of the Government''s legislative programme becoming law.
Because of its briefness, moderate price and flexibility, the solution is popular among SMEs.