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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Let me conclude by -- the recitation of yet another brief poem -- one very different in character from any that I have before quoted.
A tent appeared, and pacing to and fro before it was a little sentinel, who, in a brief soliloquy, informed the observers that the elements were in a great state of confusion, that he had marched some hundred miles or so that day, and that he was dying for want of sleep.
Sheeta's yellow-green eyes glared terribly at Tarzan, and past Tarzan they shot brief glances at the apes of Kerchak advancing upon him.
Once he succeeded in partially dislodging the ape-man from his back, so that Tarzan swung for an instant in front of those awful talons, and in the brief instant before he could regain his former hold, a raking blow from a hind paw laid open one leg from hip to knee.
Alexey Alexandrovitch, you are not like yourself," said Oblonsky, after a brief pause.
A man has confidence in untried friends, he remembers the many offers of service so freely made by his boon companions when he wanted them not; he has hope--the hope of happy inexperience--and however he may bend beneath the first shock, it springs up in his bosom, and flourishes there for a brief space, until it droops beneath the blight of disappointment and neglect.
They had seen him pine away, from day to day; and though his brief existence had been a joyless one, and he was now removed to that peace and rest which, child as he was, he had never known in this world, they were his parents, and his loss sank deep into their souls.
To all applications for a brief indulgence, there was but one reply--the money must be paid.
DENVER, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Brief-Lynx is the leader in the creation of hyperlinked and bookmarked legal briefs and written presentations.
The district courts of appeal mention amicus briefs in their opinions as well.
For nearly one and a half years, NAR has written letters, filed briefs and held meetings with members of the OCC and other interested parties to voice its concern over this ruling.
Separate briefs were also filed by the American Jewish Congress and the Arab-American Anti-Defamation League.
The Nano 50 Awards, presented by Nanotech Briefs Magazine, recognize the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted, or are expected to impact, the state of the art in nanotechnology.
The groups weighed in on the case with friend-of-the-court briefs in March.
OTCBB: BIPH; FWB: BTN), a developer of next-generation biomedical technology, announced today that it will receive a "Best of the Best" award from Nanotech Briefs magazine this week as part of its first annual Nano 50 Awards contest to recognize superior scientific achievement and innovation.